When my friend and colleague Chris Carter was in town teaching workshops, we teamed up for some fun sketch-ventures. I wrote about this one in my newsletter (see link on the previous post). Sketching in the (almost totally) dark of a night club (Hopmonk Tavern in Sebastopol) is something Chris is comfortable with, so I borrowed her confidence for an evening, and here’s what came of it on my end. (Check our her blog to see my inspiration). Since this is illustrated journaling and storytelling, I’ll share the whole story from beginning at 10pm when the doors opened and we grabbed the only table near the stage, until after midnight when we left the night to the young people.
black ink and dip pen with watercolor in Strathmore w/c sketchbook, 5″ X 7″
10:15pm I guess it’s good to not be able to see the faces or any detail. You get the overall feeling. . .and color doesn’t much matter either. There’s dark colors and then there’s light colors. Period.
10:45pm Now I’m using my Japanese brush pen and drawing and painting to the music. There’s a DJ, but where is the headliner, we’re wondering?
10:55pm I’m just trying to capture the “vibe” with my pen, and dancing a bit myself.
11:15pm The headliner, Ras Attitude, still hasn’t come, but the crowd is definitely warmed up. . .and then
Then settles down enough to get the stripes in his 3 foot high hat drawn in. What a colorful character!
12:15am We pack up our pens and paints and leave the night to the young people.