|12/10/15 ink, colored pencils|
By this time last year, I had already scored two sketches of Santa – one at Alderwood Mall and one at Pacific Place – and by mid-month I had hit my personal best: three Santas in one season!
I’m woefully behind this year (on everything Christmas – we don’t have our tree up yet, and our cards haven’t even arrived from the printer). On the way home from an appointment, I made a stop at Northgate Mall, where the same Santa I sketched last year at that mall was on duty again. Unfortunately, the pressure was on: First of all, Santa was busy with numerous customers (unlike last year when he had none the whole time I sketched), so I had to quickly sketch kids as they sat on his lap for no more than a couple of minutes at a time. Then Santa needed to go on his break, but he spotted me sketching, so he patiently waited for me to finish, which made me feel like I should hurry. (It might be bad holiday karma to keep Santa waiting!) Whew!
Two more weeks until Christmas – I better up my Santa-sketching game.
|I got Santa, but I was too late for the trophy shot -- Santa went on his break.|