Tags: Disneyland

  • Disney Sketch Crawl #9 – Glad I’m not here on vacation

    Today the lines to get into the parking lot heralded a day full of overcrowding and annoyance. Days like these foster impatience and meanness in people, as demonstrated by the awful woman who nearly took my feet off with her Hummer–I mean, stroller–and then gave me a nasty look like it was my fault. Anyway, I still had a “Millhouse” kind of day, starting with my breakfast at the Carnation Cafe where they seated me at a sunny outdoor table [...]

  • Disney Sketch Crawl #8 – Ringing in the New Year

    Got to the park in time to see Main Street open today – only because it opens later during January and February (or so an employee told me). I made a beeline for the Mickey beignets (gotta start a sketch crawl with the right fuel) and as I munched those, I did this line drawing of New Orleans Square. Still an overwhelming amount of detail. Learn to edit! I swore today I’d do half line drawings and half value studies [...]

  • Disney Sketch Crawl #7 – Last one of 2016

    I nearly blew it today. I found out after getting to the park that if I’d chosen to go tomorrow, I’d have been turned away at the gate. I’d completely forgotten to check the blackout dates for pass holders, and starting the 16th, passholders are SOL as Disney prioritizes the top-dollar-paying guests. So whew – glad I followed through on my usual Thursday routine. Anyhoo, it was nice and quiet today. Overcast, chilly, enough people to make it feel energized [...]

  • Disney Sketch Crawl #6 – Value studies are scary

    I wasn’t too excited about what I did on this day (yesterday), mainly because I found myself resisting both the need to work on value and the desire to once again do what I know. I did some of both, with so-so results. In some part, I blame the fact that it took me two hours (instead of the usual 45 min) to get to Disneyland thanks to some fool who caused an accident on the freeway. By the time [...]

  • Disneyland Sketch Crawl #4 – Now With Stabilo Markers!

    An old friend and former professor suggested I try Stabilo markers next time I ventured out for a day of sketching and I’m so glad I did! I bought three tones – light gray, medium gray and black, and thus far I can only control the lightest one. It looks a lot like pencil but has the advantage of not smearing when I set my hand on it. For a first go, I think these were fairly successful despite the [...]

  • Disney Sketch Crawl #3

    It was pretty hot at the Magic Kingdom today and I can use that as an excuse I suppose, for not doing very well. =/ Or maybe I’m just grumpy right now because of it and I’ll like these more later. In any case, I only managed three drawings in four hours and since the park was packed, I had to spend money every time in order to claim a seat in the shade.

  • Sketch Crawl – Disneyland

    Well, this year I checked one more big thing off my bucket list – getting an annual pass to Disneyland! For 20 or so years I’ve wanted to have the luxury of going to Disneyland and sketching, but was only ever there for a day or two during vacations when I really wanted to take part in all the attractions. Recently, I moved to SoCal and finally it makes sense for me to buy a pass. My plan is to [...]