I got to thinking about the Rose Parade Floats and how many years I have sketched at the Float Barns. How grateful I am....to have experienced these floats up close and personal for ten years now. What a wonderful tradition. I thought I would share a few of my favorite sketches from years past.
The first year I felt over whelmed with the size of the floats. The ants were more than eight feet tall. I've never sketched an ant from a worms view before (wink).
I love trucks!!! I was delighted to see an old truck in the parade. To give you an idea how big the floats are, I stood two feet shorter than the front tire. When I finished, I had the float crew sign my sketch.
"Circus Comes to Town".I was instantly taken when I saw the elephant on the front of this float. I love the gesture and pose.
My sketching buddy, Judy graduated from Redlands University. I knew we had to sketch her school's mascot.
The animated look of this float caught my eye. Titled "The Banana Boat Song". The completed float was dazzling with lots of flowers in bright tropical colors.
This is probably one of the silliest floats I've done. The hippo was suppose to be Cleopatra, and titled "Floating on the River". The pose was very sultry and the angle I had was...a real rump shot. Just as I was finishing up the local newsman and his camera crew came over and started to interview me. It was funny!
Hope you enjoyed the sketches!