So Ray and I were in Harvard Square this past Sunday on a gorgeous weekend in Cambridge, and ended up in the middle of Harvard Square Mayfair. A big annual event at MayFair is the Cambridge Rotary Club’s Chalk on the Walk competition. I lamented that yet again I had forgotten to sign up, but Ray noticed there were a few empty squares and encouraged me to go ahead and ask if there were any empties I could use – it wouldn’t hurt, right? I got really lucky – ‘Come back at 1 PM and we’ll see what we can do!’ is what I was told by the organizers. I took the time to think about what I would draw if I got a space. I happened to have my panda messenger bag, and I was walking through the craft vendor booths and I saw some nice designs with strawberries. So a pandaberry seemed in order. I ended up getting a large space (the last one left), so I went for it!
First I sketched out (in black charcoal brick, much cheaper than artist’s charcoal :) ) the entire scene…
Then I blocked out the color…
Then added highlights…
Finally, finished it off with a background of bamboo!
It took a little over three hours in total. The kids at the event really liked the little hungry panda a lot!
Some notes for next year:
- A dress is probably not the best attire! (Will the chalk wash out? :) )
- Hairties are a good idea as well.
- Knee pads or some kind of pad to kneel on would be awesome.
There was lots of great chalk art there, take a look in my album if you like! Next year I’d like to do some kind of free software-themed design! What do you think?