[By Erika Brandner in Santiago, Chile]
Not so early in the morning I grabbed my sketchbook, pens and only waterbrushes to settle near and try to draw the runners. I walked there because taking the car on a day like this is a big mistake. Despite the abundant information regarding traffic restrictions, people in their cars had to wait for houris in order to pass through the street that were used by the race. Carabineros (chilean police) stopped for a long time the transit so I was happy to live near and enjoyed the sunny morning drawing.
I tried to draw the runners, something that is quite difficult because you can't look at them more than a second when all its position and the angle of view has already change. So, you must do a kind of exercise of both memory and imagination: You dra parts of a figure and then try to complete de drawing with other parts from other persons. The drawing results to be a kind of summary of all the different people that pass in front of you at that angle and at that time. I finished the sketches on place using a Lamy EF pen, a Pelikan Pen and a Waterbrush. Speed was the key son there was no time to make details or to do the hatching I like so much. Only figures, continuous lines and gesture.
So I went, filling the first double page with runners. I was interested in the different clothes, like the official t-shirt of the marathon that this year was light blue and also in the numbers in the chests.
Police officers guarding the race gave a good subject too. I draw a police woman, from back and front and a man, in addition to the guys that handed the luminsiscent orange flags that showed the road to the participants.
The exceptional figure from the day was neither a runner or a police. No, it was a very "robust" lady that, with her great complexion stood out because he wore on his shoulders a very large Chilean flag, and with one hand she looked at the cell phone trying to take pictures and with the other he grabed and an apple while she ate it….A gorgeous subject, really funny and easy to draw...
Referring to the marks of the race as usually the winner was a male thlete from Kenya and in the women category a peruvian girl. Both of them won this race for the second time.