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November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving


 Happy Thanksgiving to all the Americans reading this! Spent the night before Thanksgiving drawing the balloon blow-up for the Macy's parade here in New York City, an annual tradition for Macys and now, me too. This year I went with my friends and fellow artists Si Yeon, Chris, Evan, and Jodi. We had a great time, despite the crowds, and the crowds were crazy. Each year this becomes more and more of a spectacle that the tourists flock to see. The E train between Penn Station and the museum stop is so packed it isn't even funny. Tons of Long Islanders with their kids, none of whom seem to be sure what stop to get off of. (Is THAT it? No. Is THAT it? No. - all the way up 8th Ave.) By the way, that's Papa Smurf above. (Don't think he's been in the parade before?) I never get over how strange it is to see these giant colorful characters tied down to the street by the Museum of Natural History. Always reminds me of Gulliver's Travels.

Above is a more impressionistic view of the whole street. People walk to it in droves, drawn by the color and (for the kids) the thrill of seeing their favorite character. Each year I learn about new characters that the kids are crazy about - have to keep an ear open for the kids screaming their names so I can feel in-the-know. :)

 Poor Mickey Mouse - he was tied down so tightly, with his face to the ground, he felt like a prisoner. But Ronald McDonald (below) was looking out at everyone with one menacing eye, I think he was getting ready to stage a break-out. Hope he takes Mickey with him...
I love the guy at top right in the drawing above - using his i-phone to take a picture of himself. He was very happy with it, kept checking it out and doing another one. Great stuff. The last balloon I drew was Sonic the Hedgehog, below. Took me a while to figure that one out - seemed like a bunch of blue bananas. Si Yeon pointed out his hand to me and then it got a little clearer...
 We all wanted to go to the other street to see the rest of the balloons, so we followed the crowds (which by this point had become epic) around the corner to Columbus Ave. Where we stood...and waited...and stood..and waited. Took us at least a half hour to get to the mid-point of the block, where we saw the cops were ushering everyone across the street - it was an exit. The thought of fighting the crowds across two more streets and over one, plus our growling stomachs, led us to make a pact to see the flip side next year - see you then, Spiderman!
(Posted by Veronica Lawlor)

18 comments :

rosie bradshaw said...

Great drawings, full of life and atmosphere!

kane said...

Damn good.

kane said...

Damn good.

Jim Bumgarner said...

Feel like I've been there this morning...thanks, these are Great!!

petescully said...

These are great! And good write up too. Happy thanksgiving!

Don McNulty said...

Wonderful drawings and write up, So enjoyable!

Shari Blaukopf said...

What a spectacle! Happy Thanksgiving!

gabi campanario said...

Eye candy!

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wow!! love them

Bajzek said...

Fantastic! Like this approach...Happy Thanksgiven!

Veronica Lawlor said...

Thanks everyone for your comments, and Happy Thanksgiving. Eduardo - these colorful balloons give me a chance to pull out my markers... ;)

INMA SERRANO said...

love the colour!

Isabel said...

love the color and energy

jd said...

I love the composition and the use of black line against the color -- wonderful! And you captured the onlookers' gestures so well -- bravissima.

Orling Dominguez said...

oh, the Macy's parade!!! what a great series... memories coming back to me! !!! :) Happy Thanksgiving Ronnie!

sanjeev joshi said...

what a style..i am envying your talent!..simple yet very atmospheric..

VHein said...

These are an absolute delight--I just love seeing these "behind the scenes" views so wonderfully recorded!

Richard Câmara said...

I am a great admirer of your work Veronica. Your drawings always appear so lively and full of energy! Did you ever publish all of your wonderful sketches in a book of your own?... I would be looking forward to see and purchase it :) Please let me know!
Best, from Madrid
Richard