I enjoyed my gigs this past weekend. I like my life.
Saturday I worked upstate. The ride going up was beautiful with the trees changing color this time of year.
I was drawing very well at the event. Right on likenesses, pretty pictures. But it was freezing out there. He didn't have a very big turnout. So when some boys came back for second pictures even though they liked the first ones just fine, I obliged. Didn't feel I had to work so hard this time, since they already got pictures, so I just took out brightly colored markers instead of the usual black markers. I drew easily, without a predraw. Yes! I remember this technique! Such a painless way to make finished pictures!
Sunday, I worked 2 parties. The first one was a Wedding Shower on Staten Island - I had been hired specifically to do just black/whites. The second one was a 60th Birthday Party in Wading River. I do not usually take one-hour parties, but since this woman agreed to pay my two-hour rate, I agreed to work a one-hour party.
At the first party, I drew as easily as the day before. I used a black marker with gray shading, as the client requested. That combination makes it look real tuxedo.
At the 2nd party - the one-hour party - I had planned on my own to do black/white line-only (no shading. To make one-hour seem like something. But having had the experience with the colored markers the day before, I ended up making most of the pictures in color anyway. It went just as fast as black/white because I just used a colored marker in place of the black marker. Sometimes I was satisfied with the pictures just like that. Usually I added just a touch more color or shading.
I didn't take the camera out with me this weekend. I don't plan on taking more photos until I post the ones I have here.
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