It’s the start of the season of school concerts, and one of my kids plays with the school orchestra and the other is in the jazz band, so it’s concert-sketching time for me.
Sketching on location has its challenges, that’s for sure. At these concerts, I’m sketching in the near-dark, from whatever seat I get when I arrive, and I’m trying to be quiet and not take up too much space.
This time, I precolored my pages.
I find that with this color as a base, I can use a relatively small set of tools, mostly dry media, and still get a near-full-color effect.
For all its complications, I wouldn’t exchange drawing on location for anything. There is just no more “alive” way to draw than to be responding in real time.
This little clip shows what I love about painting this way (turn the sound on when you watch it). The moment just called for finger painting to the beat:
Here are my sketches from the evening. I like how they went from a pretty straightforward sketch to a more high energy one, to one that is almost abstract.
Very interesting sketches from the school concert. I don’t even think I would try to sketch in that setting. You really captured the people with their musical instruments very well. I really like the sketches with the Magenta, and Yellow.
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