Saturday, April 30, 2005

Sidewalk Arts 2005

Ah, Sidewalk Arts favorite day in Savannah. Lots of locals, tourists, and dogs come out to watch us compete for big money prizes. It started off pretty smoothly...

1. Everyone's waiting around for 11 am, the moment we can begin drawing
2. My empty square, number 76. This year I decided to draw Napoleon, who I've been wanting to draw for a long time.

1. This is about 15 minutes into the drawing. The SCAD On Demand people came to interview me so look for me later on the SCAD website looking like a nervous fool.
2. Now I'm starting to really separate colors and values and give form to certain shapes.
3. A lot of people still kept asking, "So who's that supposed to be?"

1. After 3 hours of furious drawing, Napoleon is finally complete.
2. I don't walk around until I finish. Can't get distracted by the competition.
3. Here are some squares that stood out to me for various reasons..

1. Here is a well drawn copy of a Normal Rockwell painting.
2. I thought this was funny.
3. "Famous Last Words...Trust me!"

1. A lot of people paint a more flat, graphic look.
2. Even if you think you can't draw, you can be creative. These girls turned their squares into a putting green.
3. If you live in Savannah, then you know who this guy is.

1. Out of nowhere, thunder and lighting announce a storm at about 3:00. Luckily, I got a spot under this tent.
2. The afermath of the brief but severe storm. If your drawing wasn't washed away, then it was probably under water.

1. This picture (same as above) is before the rain...
2. And this is the exact same view after the rain. You can faintly see Napoleon there at the bottom struggling to say alive.
3. Here's a close up of my rain-soaked square. I know chalk drawings don't last forever but this was a little too ephemeral for me.

Right after the first crack of thunder they announced that the event was basically over. Usually they announce winners in the afternoon but I'm not exactly sure how that's going to work this year.

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