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Mural for the Theatre of Youth Step by Step

The 2nd annual ChalkFest Buffalo 2013 on the 500 Block of Main Street was a great event and it was a pleasure creating a mural for the Theatre of Youth! I was among a group of artists who were given a passage from Alice in Wonderland to illustrate for the Live Storybook Narration. I incorporated the characters from TOY’s upcoming 2013-2014 season; which include Frog from ‘A Year with Frog and Toad’, Pinkalicious, and Madeline. For more information on the shows lined up check out theatreofyouth.org.

ChalkFest Buffalo 2013 August 3rd and 4th.  Morning start..drawing my grid.

ChalkFest Buffalo 2013 August 3rd and 4th. 9 am Morning start..drawing my grid.

Alice in Wonderland Storybook Squares down the 500 Block of Main Street.  I'm early.

Alice in Wonderland Storybook Squares down the 500 Block of Main Street. I’m early.

Starting my outline.  I gridded my sketch which makes it easy to place all of the characters.

Starting my outline. I gridded my sketch which makes it easy to place all of the characters.

Blocking in color.

Blocking in color.

Hard to see with the shadow.

Hard to see with the shadow.

Better view of the light outline.  Outlined in white first, then black.

Better view of the light outline. Outlined in white first, then black.

Worked on the main character first.

Worked on the main character first.

Filling in the mushrooms and ground around Alice.

Filling in the mushrooms and ground around Alice.

Ta da!  Finished at 2 pm for the Theatre of Youth!  Alice in the garden of talking flowers.

Ta da! Finished at 2 pm for the Theatre of Youth! Alice in the garden of talking flowers, complete with rocking horsefly, loaf of bread and butter flies, Frog, Pinkalicious, Madeline, and a smiling someone peeking out of the tree.

I want to thank everyone who put a ticket in my bucket and voted for the Theatre of Youth mural and stopping by to chat with me.

Gallery of past chalk murals for the Theatre of Youth

Highlights of ChalkFest Buffalo 2013

Below are pictures of the Alice in Wonderland Storybook art by Buffalo artists, and pictures I took of the chalk creations by local artists of all ages as I walked around Main Street. I was amazed by the participation and talent!

Michael Macauley's Alice in Wonderland.

Michael Macauley taking time out for a picture for us with his Alice in Wonderland in progress.

Following in their father's footsteps!!

Following in their father’s footsteps!!

Theatre of Youth table at ChalkFest with Tim White

Theatre of Youth table at ChalkFest with Tim White

Tim White talking about the Theatre of Youth's upcoming season!

Tim White talking about the Theatre of Youth’s upcoming season!

Thomas DeGraff was a great neighbor and artist!

Thomas DeGraff was a great neighbor and artist! My favorite.

Storybook Artists

We were all given a passage from Alice in Wonderland to illustrate for the Live Storybook Narration. I do not have all of the artist names for this event. If you are the artist or know the artist’s name, or would like to have your passage and any links included, please send me a message and I will update with your info. Thank you!

#1 Cover by David

#1 Cover by David

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#5 My Passage:
So Alice snuck away to search deeper into the forest for her White Rabbit.
A loaf of Bread-and-butter Flies flew lazily overhead. Alice spotted Crab-Grass and a tiny horse with wings and rockers.
“A Rocking-Horse Fly” said Alice.
“Naturally” said the Rose. (at least Alice thought it was the Rose.)
“But that’s nonsense” Alice said to herself. “Flowers can’t talk.”
“Of course we can talk” said the Rose.
“If there is anyone worth talking to” added Iris.
Talking Flowers! Alice thought this was wonderful.
But have you ever had something you always thought was going to be wonderful…turn out to be not so wonderful?
Then you will know what happened to Alice next.
The flowers talked. The Flowers sang.
Then the flowers started asking questions.
“What kind of garden do you come from?”
“What species are you?”
Then the flowers started yelling.
“She’s a weed!!”
The nasty flowers chased Alice out of the garden.

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#6 Kate Walczak
katewalczaksartgallery.blogspot.com

#7 Thomas DeGraff

#7 Thomas DeGraff

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#11 Julie Bottoms with the winning illustration of Alice!

#11 Julia Bottoms with the winning illustration, a portrait of Alice!

A ChalkFest Walk down Main Street

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For more photos of the event, check out Buffalo.com!

Links

Theatre of Youth
Article in the Buffalo News
ChalkFest Buffalo
ChalkFest Buffalo Facebook Page
Young Audiences of Western New York

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