Having attended a number of marches and rallies over the years, and live-drawn many of them, the March For Our Lives in Washington DC felt different. People seemed reflective and pensive. The mood was a combination of grief, unity, anger and frustration. The issue of guns and violence cuts across all class and race lines, although some communities are harder hit than others for sure. The March For Our Lives in Washington was peopled with many races, genders and ages, it was so great to see.
There was optimism.
When I’m somewhere with the intent to live-draw, I walk around and look for what I think is of interest, what might be representative, unusual, or fun. As I execute the drawing, I “feel” my surroundings, and hear what is around me as I focus on my tablet, drawing. It’s somewhat meditative for me, I now realize. I feel connected to what is happening around me and I try to put those feelings in what I am drawing.