Monday, June 25, 2012

whole lot of shakin' goin' on

Yesterday I went to a 1950s weekend at Crich Tramway Museum. It was great. I went there with all intentions of drawing those stunning big ol' 50s cars (cars, and vehicles in general, have always been one of those subjects that scares me so I've decided to tackle them just because they scare me). However, I came across the marquee where all the dancing was taking place and lost about three or four hours in there. What is this dance style called? Can anybody tell me?

If anyone had told me I'd be out in public drawing people dancing a year a go I'd have thought they were nuts. But once I'd sat down and got over my initial self consciousness I couldn't stop. I came home with over 30 drawings. Most of which are little sketches, like the ones below, but also a few more 'finished' pieces. A lot of them seemed to feature the couple above, Elaine and Paul, who not only looked really great but also danced for the entire afternoon.

And, AND, I did manage to draw some cars. In fact, unebeknownst to me at the time, I drew the car that belonged to the couple above. Who I really wasn't stalking. Honestly!

Anyway, those drawings of cars to come soon.

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Blogger Zia Blue said...

gorgeous dresses <3 i love your figure drawing style, too!


12:01 AM  
Blogger Caroline B said...

Is it Swing or is is Jitter-bug? Dunno, but I do know I love the movement you have got in those sketches.
Cars are very hard to draw, but I have to admit the days I spent drawing and painting an old 1940's pick-up with rust and worn paint were terrific fun. Not a subject I want to do too often though, too many straight lines...

3:42 PM  
Anonymous Elaine & Paul said...

The dancing was jiving and as you gathered I love to dance. Thank you so much Andrea for doing such beautiful drawingsof us, I feel truley honoured, they are awsome. You really made our day. Elaine & Paul x

9:39 PM  
Blogger dinahmow said...

Jive! (Takes me back a very long way...)

9:48 AM  
Blogger andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

Aha, it is jiving. Thanks, Elaine. Glad you found me online. More drawings to come including the one of your car (which I' pretty chuffed with). I loved the dancing and don't know how you managed to keep going ALL day!

Thanks, everyone x

12:07 PM  
Blogger pedalpower said...

Looks like swing dancing! Fun! Love the sketches!

8:02 PM  

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