I literally only heard about this event days before it happened. It sounded like there would be lots to capture so I jumped onboard one of the vintage buses that was running from Norwich to Wymondham on the day and spent a few hours milling around in the crowds capturing some scenes.
Semi-intentionally I only drew with ‘vintage’ equipment, so old dip pens and indian ink with watercolour. Now this did result in me tipping inky water all over myself along with coming home with black fingertips, but it’s fun to make a mess sometimes!
I managed to see a fair bit but couldn’t draw everything I wanted, so must head back next year. Very impressed with the organisation of this event – great turn out and loads to see. Was great to see the market town bustling with life of all ages.
Out of all the subjects to draw my highlight was drawing retired fireman Chris (above) there’s nothing like drawing someone there and then at an event. It’s a leap of faith for them as you could be a weirdo and it’s a gamble for you as this is a one shot job. Mess it up and that’s it. Maybe that’s why I love drawing like this so much – it’s an adrenaline rush. You are on the edge of going wrong with any pen stroke. But with great risk comes great reward. A blank page needs to be attacked. No pencils, no rubbers – just make a mark. I’m ranting now – anyway glad I went.
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