Things are hotting up for the World Cup (cooling down as far as the weather goes) and flags are busting out all over Joburg, on buildings, cars, restaurants - these flag-sellers at almost every traffic light and street corner are doing a roaring trade. I had an hour or more yesterday waiting for my son's exam to be over to sit in my car and sketch them. See a couple more over on Urban Sketchers.
Friday, June 4, 2010
Flags, flags, flags!
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These are wonderful. Could you describe your process on these? Do you sketch them in ink, then fill in with watercolor? Your work is so vibrant and colorful, but in a soft way... (hard to describe) :)
Brillliant sketches, Cathy. Just wonderful. I love your flag - it's such a great design. Now I will stagger away in awe at your talent :)
These are amazing. Love the use of colour.
Happy and excellent. These could launch a book!
The only thing better than flags busting out all over is 'flags busting out all over' by Cathy! Thank you for these wonderful 'beginning of the build-up' glimpses. I see you've even included one of the internationally infamous vuvuzelas in your Urban Sketchers pictures...
Thanks Katherine, yes I sketched these with a Pitt pen at the site, and added watercolour later - I took photos of the sellers and flags for colour reference as there were just so many colours, but sometimes I take pencil notes of what the main colours are if I think they're important to the subject.
Thank you Robyn! I love our flag too, after initial rude remarks about Y-fronts when it first appeared, it's embraced by most SA's now.
Thanks Sue, and Suzanne - its a bright happy feeling right now!
Charlene, the vuvuzelas are everywhere - let's hope we don't all lose a few decibels in our hearing ranges!
Wonderful sketches and great color and energy :) I imagine things are going to be crazy soon!! Now I've got to hop over to see what you've done at Urban Sketchers...
wonderful blog. Bicos
The top sketch is amazing. I love that man with all the flags!
I have a friend over in S.A. now. She's an AP photographer there for the world cup. I imagine your country will be busy with tourists and athletes for the next month!
Full of colour: great! :)
Love it Cathy!! On every street corner in Cape Town as well. You've oh so caught those sellers perfectly - hope you've got yours flying on your car as well as your wing mirror socks!!
Nice. So colorful, and tells such a story.
What a treat to see a bit of the excitement of the World Cup through your sketches! Thanks for sharing them.
Great stuff, Cathy! This is so much it! You've captured the spirit magnificently! When i came back from France mid May, this is what striked me most: the flags everywhere, on the cars even!
Oh, what wonderful color! I love the flags--your painting is glorious!
LOVE this tooo!!
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