Last Thursday I went to an outdoor event called "Alive After Five" in Patchogue. It is held twice a month in the summer and there are all kinds of vendors, food, drink, music, and art. This past week it was estimated that there were about 25,000 people in attendance. The Patchogue Sketch Club participates and we come out and sketch the event. In the past we sketched the people attending in the crowds and the musicians. But we had a treat on Thursday. This year the people who have been running the Sideshow Sketch Night with the burlesque models decided to take part too. They invited Zoe and her pet boa, Fantasia to pose for us. They were both so great! We weren't rushed sketching and most of the poses lasted long enough to get a good sketch done. Here are a few of the sketches I did.
As you can see Zoe was dressed in a jungle outfit. The kids coming by loved seeing Fantasia, and she was friendly. Zoe doesn't let anyone hold her by themselves, but lets them hold her tail or her head. I didn't hold her, but did pet Fantasia who was surprisingly soft. It was a great night and we all learned a bit about boas from Zoe.
Here is a photo of some of the sketchers working. We sketched for about 3 hrs finally stopping when it started to get dark.