Where Do You Start With A Crowd?!

23 Nov

Ink sketch: festival crowd.


Drawing a life model who sits still for ages is one thing, sketching a crowd at a festival is much more of a challenge. People move – they dance! They get up and go off. How inconsiderate. Anyway, got this lot mid-afternoon at the Green Man Festival a couple of years ago [fabulous little folk/rock/psychedelic/arty festival on the Welsh borders if you fancy going]. The weather was uncharacteristically warm and dry and sunny for a British August and everone was chilling out so there wasn’t too much movement going on.

I find it hard to know where to start a crowd drawing but this one was easier than usual because I was at the top of a slope looking down which gave an exaggerated perspective that I really like. I couldn’t be bothered to put in lots of little dots and circles to represent the crowd down the bottom, the sunshine and ambience got to me and I shut my sketchbook and chilled out. That sounds like a good idea – zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz


oh yes – Faber Castell Pitt pens size S, F and B into an A5 bound Daler Rowney sketchbook.

8 Responses to “Where Do You Start With A Crowd?!”

  1. Hansi November 24, 2011 at 16:28 #

    That’s a really nice drawing. The perspective works well.

  2. jhv57 November 24, 2011 at 15:23 #

    Like the perspective–really makes a strong statement!

  3. Dianda November 24, 2011 at 13:58 #

    Sounds really difficult to do! You did a great job.

    • Rosie Scribblah November 24, 2011 at 23:38 #

      Thank you. The most difficult thing was keeping oon drawing instead of lying back and grooving to the music like everyone else. I suffer for my art 🙂

  4. elbrigaking November 23, 2011 at 22:32 #

    awesome work, very impressive, and very funny post, thank u!

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