Last week I attended a photo shoot for one of my clients, Emerald City Theatre. The purpose of the shoot was to collect a vast array of different photos of children having a good time with props and costumes. I’ll be making use of these photos in the coming weeks to design their Summer Camp 2012 brochure, as well as throughout the next year for miscellaneous collateral and website headers. Having a vault of non-stock photography of children smiling and having a good time is gold for a children’s theatre’s marketing department.
Apart from throwing in a suggestion now and again, there wasn’t too much for me to do at the shoot. The company’s Theatre School brought in a brigade of teachers to corral and focus all the children. This left me with plenty of time to sit with my sketchbook and practice capturing movement and faces. I hadn’t had a chance to draw people in action in a long time, and children are fantastic subjects because they are in constant motion doing crazy things. So much better than just drawing people walking through the park or down the sidewalk.
Speaking of which, it was several days later when I found myself in downtown Chicago with about an hour to kill before seeing Carrie Fisher’s Wishful Drinking. So I parked myself outside a Potbelly restaurant and once again pulled out a sketchbook. This time, my subjects tended to be DePaul college students and business people on their way home, but any practice is good practice. It’s easy to fall into a rut in the way I draw people, so these few days of sketching proved very valuable.
Schedule permitting, I would love to be able to take part of every Friday afternoon to go out sketching. We’ll see how that works out…