I had enormous amounts of fun with this at Under the Redcoat, and even though I'm shockingly late posting about it, I wanted to share my drawings from the event. Like last time, they are all fairly small (so as to fit in my drawing box) and are roughly 5x7" each.
Other-Sarah making ice cream
SarahI like this little sketch, but utterly failed to capture her likeness. This was highly irritating. See below.
Sarah (again) and JennyAs you can see, for a brief while I switched from charcoal to graphite pencil... I was incredibly frustrated by my lack of ability to capture Sarah's likeness when initially using charcoal. The second drawing was even worse (really bad in fact, and I can assure you it will never be posted anywhere online!) so I gave the graphite a try. On this third go, this time in graphite, it wasn't totally awful so I let it be.
I feel like an invisible challenge has been laid down though. Sarah is such an animated and vivacious person that capturing her in a flat, still format felt somehow a little unnatural and far more difficult than I had anticipated. I will have to try again when I next see her. And maybe again and again...
Right before I was about to leave for the day, I saw Abby walking across Market Square, rushed up to speak with her, and she kindly agreed to sit for me. As we sat there (she very still and I sketching quickly) a lot of people apparently came up to see what was going on. This included the official CW photographer who even videoed us. I was blithely unaware of most of our audience however... I hadn't even realized how much I block out my surroundings when I'm drawing! If there'd been an attack, I'd probably have died first.
Conclusion- I'll definitely be doing this drawing schtick again at my next reenactment. I love being able to engage peoples' interest in a slightly different way than normal, and I'd really like to start building up an impression around the idea of a traveling portraitist. Lots of very vague ideas at the moment, but it could certainly become something.