[By Byung Hwa Yoo, Gocheok Sky dome, Seoul, Korea]
home ground scenery
I went to the Gocheok Sky Dome again last wednesday, Mar. 24. There was a game between Lotte Giants and Nexen Tire. This year the stadium began games after it was built last year and the construction was not in completion. Players and executives worry about that the players can't see the ball by the light dome and strong lights, which caused players to stand still missing the position of the ball sometimes. But such weak points would be made up soon. Putting aside the problems the stadium was very good for sketchers to be in comfortable environment regardless of weather condition.
I began drawing the poses of players and others wondering whether it may be possible to capture them instantly. I tried to memorize them in many ways. While practicing the gesture drawings I could see the cameraman below my seat. I've never carried such big one before, but I could guess how it might be heavy even for a man. I wanted to draw him. Though they are indispensable staffs for broadcasting we may think of them invisible men. Rather we may think of them to hinder our views.
After I finished my watercolor sketch next man told me that the cameraman was shooting me and I might be on air. Wow...it was true! I watched MBC TV sport at night.
I took some photos in computer. So the quality is not good. If you have interest please click 2:22:49 in this video page.
The announcer and the commentator told that it was their first time to see visitor drawing on the spot and the cameraman sketch seemed to be drawn 'in an expressive way'. And the commentator added that artist's visual point looked different from others because in usual cases artists might draw the ground game scenes not the cameraman. I drew the ground scene at first but they didn't see me at that time. At first posting of this stadium days ago I sketched the cameraman too whom I couldn't pass without drawing. It was very memorable day for me to see myself on TV. And I feel some responsibility about drawing better than now.