I sketched this at a concert in Alameda last Fri., drawing with pencil & a Staedtler “F” black ink pen during the performance. The sketchbook is about 9 x 11″. It was challenging — one thing is that musicians tend to hold a pose or return to a similar pose often. I still had to be pretty quick; trying to express the gestures of their hands is tough! I added watercolor at home, later. My figure drawing has improved with practice. Here are a couple of great references for sketching everyday scenes from your life: “Keeping a Watercolor Sketchbook” by Brenda Swenson, and two Urban Sketching handbooks, by Gabriel Campanario — there’s one on architecture/cityscapes, and another on figurative sketching. If you are a fellow sketcher, let me know what you’re up to! I’ll be sharing more links of artists that I follow.
After the Alameda Community Band performed, this band played – replete with festive hats. They did holiday tunes with swing arrangements.