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…

MayFair Harvard Square 2010

Then I blocked out the color…

MayFair Harvard Square 2010

Then added highlights…

MayFair Harvard Square 2010

Finally, finished it off with a background of bamboo!

MayFair Harvard Square 2010

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.
  • Sunblock.

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?

About Máirín Duffy

Máirín is a principal interaction designer at Red Hat. She is passionate about software freedom and free & open source tools, particularly in the creative domain: her favorite application is Inkscape. You can read more from Máirín on her blog at blog.linuxgrrl.com.


13 thoughts on “Pandaberry

  1. Nice! Every road should get decorations like that 🙂

    Posted by Ted | May 5, 2010, 3:05 am
  2. Nom nom nom!

    Very nice 🙂

    Posted by Dread Knight | May 5, 2010, 4:21 am
  3. Nice work Máirín. I wish I was that good. Oh btw you need a tan, you’re very very pale woman 😛

    Posted by Scott | May 5, 2010, 4:55 am
  4. Awesome! 🙂

    Posted by heathenx | May 5, 2010, 7:31 am
  5. Cool! Have you seen the 3D pavement art of Edgar Mueller? It’s quite impressive: http://www.metanamorph.com

    Posted by Lucas Rocha | May 5, 2010, 7:41 am
    • I have! It might be cool to try something like that next year… if i can figure out how he does it 🙂

      Posted by mairin | May 5, 2010, 9:25 am
  6. “A dress is probably not the best attire!”
    Indeed, but it so much sexier… 😉
    Joking aside, the artworks are amazing. I like the “glossy shading” you’ve made on your strawberry. I love also the “rowers” and the “Madagascar’s penguins”. 🙂

    Posted by Stéphane | May 5, 2010, 8:32 am
  7. Cute! It inspires me to make such charcoal drawing event for kids here…

    Posted by andrej | May 5, 2010, 8:16 pm
  8. Its very nice! Very well done. It shows amazing skill 🙂

    Posted by Hussam Al-Tayeb | May 9, 2010, 7:06 am
  9. Holy crap that’s awesome!!

    Posted by MartyD | May 19, 2010, 7:18 am
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