This was my very first time attending one of SF Sketchers meetups! They are a fantastic group of artists and I have always enjoyed looking at their sketches on the meetup group. It was one of my resolutions this year to make it to the city for some urban sketching on a regular basis and I am so happy to have gotten started on it.
We all met at the Workshop Cafe at around 3:00PM, said hello to each other and spent a little while chatting and drawing at the cafe.
By about 3:20PM everyone setoff in different directions to find sights of interest at the parade staging area. Everything was still relatively quiet at the point. The floats were setting up, the bands were lining up and practicing their bits, the dragons and lions were being readied etc. etc. The parade goers started to show up in earnest by 4:00PM and I took that opportunity to do a quick sketch of a large group of teenagers hanging around and waiting for the parade to start.
I was walking and sketching most of the time, but toward the end I was incredibly lucky to find a spot along Market st, right alongside the parade, where I could stand and sketch with my sketching supplies spread out in front of me on a little platform. I welcomed the opportunity to add a bit of color to my sketches and pulled out my watercolor palette.
There was a toddler, in her father's arms, right in front of me who was so thrilled with the parade that I just had to sketch her. She noticed me and also acknowledged that yes the sketch is of her indeed. It was very gratifying.
There were many people milling about with their large cameras, and a bunch of them took a picture of me while I was sketching. It is interesting to be featuring in another person's narrative about the parade while I was there capturing my own. Full circle!