One Hand Can Dancing

20 Jan

Ink drawing: dancing at the Green Man festival.


I wandered round the Green Man festival near Crickhowell with my sketchbook a couple of years ago. It’s a great situation for drawing because most people are so engrossed in music or dancing that they don’t notice you and are perfectly natural. These two guys were dancing away for ages – a specific dance that involved keeping hold of their beer cans and not spilling a drop – the One Hand Can Dance. It’s sort of like Dad’s Dancing, butwith a beer can and outside in a field 😉

The man on the right had his little girl on his shoulders for hours. She was dancing away too which probably wasn’t comfortable for him but he didn’t put her down. That’s dedicated parenting. I really liked the Green Man – it was big enough to feel like a festival and small enough to be friendly and intimate.

Drawn in Faber Castell Pitt pens into an A5 bound Daler Rowney sketchbook.

2 Responses to “One Hand Can Dancing”

  1. jhobson1987 January 21, 2012 at 13:07 #

    I love how much information its possible to convey with a few pen strokes. Looking at it, theres no doubt that it is quintessentially british just by looking at the figures and how they move. Love it!

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