Would You Please Stand Still!

Yesterday’s sketch outing to the Floral Parade in Waikīkī was a whole lot of fun, despite the heat (a lady walked along the parade route selling popsicles — they were very popular). A big crowd lined the street: some people walked up from the beach to have a look, whereas others had planned ahead and secured a good spot to set up their lawn chairs and a small tent. And enthusiasm was not lacking. Now and then, people would break into applause and cheer.

Drawing the actual procession was tricky. Although marching bands stopped briefly at the intersection in front of me, most of the parade passed by very quickly. My strategy was to draw the environment beforehand and then fill in the floats when they arrived, but even then I was not quick enough. Here is one of my more successful attempts:

Need to rethink my approach to sketching moving targets. I came across Veronica Lawlor’s “reportage” drawings… she has sketched a parade or two as well. Her work is incredible!

Aloha Festivals’ Floral Parade

Traffic and parking were tough.
The sky was blue.
The parade was great — tho’ moved too fast!

Check out the sketches!

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