Saturday, October 12, 2013

SKETCHBOOK: "Ren Fest 2013"

HUZZAH! I spent all day sketching at the RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL in Bonner Springs, KS!

This was the last weekend for this year's fest, so it was crazy crowded.  But the weather was perfect, and there was so much to draw.  I got there an hour before it opened, just so I could sketch the entrance, shown above.

The sketch below took me at least an hour to draw...maybe tired rear-end lost track...and feeling...after sitting on my little tripod stool.  This was one of the concession stands there.  It's so nice to have all these permanent buildings on the grounds year round.

The next sketch is of the Jousting Arena.  I was sitting in the grandstands opposite the stage where the King and Queen sit during the tournaments.

Next up...a camel taking a rest from giving rides.  He went back on duty before I could add color.

Below are some bits of armor and spears from the Royal Guard's Armory.

Below are just a few random sketches of various characters out there.  I really didn't spend as much time as I wanted drawing people in costumes.  It was SO very crowded and hard to find a spot where folks weren't walking in front of me all the time.  Plus most of the people with the best costumes kept walking around.  I chose not to take my camera, because there are so many pics posted online.  But now I'm kicking myself for not taking a few shots of the really cool looking outfits.

Last of all...a REALLY cool metal Dragon Fountain.  This thing was very tall, and there were a lot more amazing sculptures in this area...all welded metal pieces.  I forgot to get the name of the vendor.  This sketch was at the end of the day, and the lighting kept shifting as I was drawing. There was just a hint of sunlight left hitting the dragon by the time I added color.
All in all...a perfect day to be outside!


Anonymous said...

Oh wow! What a great day and soooo many great sketches. I could see a storybook with those wonderful buildings and the entrance. Your colors are great...did you use something different for color? I am IMPRESSED!

Warren said...

Thanks! No...nothing new...same paints as usual. But I tried to keep them brighter this time. That's what was so fun about being out there...the colors are so festive!

pedalpower said...

Very nice...I love the buildings! I agree that your drawings look like something out of a story book.

Kate (Cathy Johnson) said...

Oh, what FUN!!!! I'm wild with envy, and thank you so much for sharing, it's ALMOST as good as being there.


Kerry Callen said...

Great stuff, Warren. I hope you ate some of the food! The Pirates crepes are super delicious!

Warren said...

Thanks for the nice comments, everyone!! PEDALPOWER...the buildings were fun and they were one of the few things that sat still long enough for me to draw them! KATE...I tried to find the artisans name that made the dragon fountain..."Casteel Galleries" from Auburn NY was the best I could track down. KERRY...I didn't partake much of the food...the lines were too dang long! Though I did eat a foot long corn dog. Just like they ate in the middle ages, I'm sure.