One last post from the Dickens Fair. I saved the dancing post for last, but it’s what I enjoyed drawing the best, especially at the practice session: You can see how the body moves so much better in everyday clothes. There’s the drama of the big skirts and how they move in costume, but I so much prefer the much more subtle gestures without them.
All my gesture sketches aren’t finished like the one above I have a few pages that look like this one. Odd things happen (see her ridiculously bent elbow at the bottom of the page) when you draw quickly, you just keep going in the hope that some of them come together.
The sketch on the left is of the people who played Queen and King at the fair. I spotted them very briefly at the actual fair too. (on the right) In costume, but still recognizable.
This is from Fezzwig’s, the largest dance space at the fair. It’s hard to paint in low light!
Here is the complete series of sketches:
Behind the Scenes at the Dickens Fair: Scum, Sweeps and Peelers
Behind the Scenes at the Dickens Fair: Costumes
Behind the Scenes at the Dickens Fair: Building London
Behind the Scenes at the Dickens Fair: Music and Musicians
Behind the Scenes at the Dickens Fair: Ale and Tea
That’s it from me at the Dickens Fair. If you didn’t manage a visit this year, maybe you’ll be there in 2020. Maybe I will too.