I had done three squares last year, each 6'x6', and it took most of the three day weekend to finish all three squares. This year, I resolved to only do one, but I did manage to score one of the shady spots with one of the largest squares, at 6'x8'.
I was on my hands and knees and doodling away by 8 a.m., and had basically finished by 4:30, with a few breaks here and there for food and whatnot. Some of my peeps came by to offer their emotional support, and also to bring me food, so special thanks to:
Kris (who was AMAZINGLY supportive during the nutty period that led up to the event, during which I was kind of insane and not really sleeping. Love you lots, baby!!)
Emily and Chris (who brought me a BLT from Pronto, as well as running up to the apartment to refill the water cooler. Thanks, peeps!)
Lila and Megan (who brought me unsolicited bacon, and were awesomely supportive of a weird artist guy that neither really knew very well!!)
I also got to catch up with some lovely peeps I had met a year ago, and there was some truly amazing art on hand. I'm sure it will all be up on the CIU website soon (though, having said that, they still don't have the images up from last year...)
In any event, this is what eight hours, loads and loads of chalk, quite a few blistered fingertips, and 48 square feet of concrete canvas gets you:
Bob: Hi! I'm Bob!
Jim: Hi! (nervously, gesturing to rough drawing) Um... I'm doing a dragon. I hope that's okay.
He was AMAZINGLY laid back about the whole thing, and seemed happy with the attribution at the bottom, which I was also happy with. The drop shadows and highlights worked out just great (though they are a little hard to see in the photo, the highlights really popped in real life).
After a bit of thinking, I decided to do a little bit of a "meta" piece, and have my own hands actually drawing on parchment. This allowed me to do some of the realism that the judges seem to prefer, while also allowing me to do the majority of the piece in my own super-cartoony style (which, frankly, I prefer). Also, while the dragon's head looks weirdly proportioned here, it looks more normal when viewed at the angle that most people saw it at, to wit:
Tomorrow, ADVENTURE!! :)
Also, please note that while I had the foresight to bring a cushion to sit on, I quite often simply forgot about it, so it's lounging leisurely in the foreground while I kneel on the concrete like an idiot... :)