The Kansas City Chalk and Walk Festival was held at Crown Center in Kansas City, MO this past weekend. This was my second year participating in the event. Last year, I really enjoyed myself. This year, it was even better. The theme this year was Under the Sea, in honor of the new aquarium that opened this year. There were street performers dressed as mermaids and pirates, vendors selling artwork, balloon animals, live music, ballet dancers in underwater themed costumes... did I mention there was a flash mob? The Legacy School of the Arts performed a flash mob, it was such a wonderful surprise. You can see a video of the dancing at http://youtu.be/BfpMbar28B4.
Last year, my artwork was based off of The Goonies movie cover art. This year I decided to do my own original art. I chose to illustrate a mermaid holding a treasure at the bottom of the sea. The style is inspired by the Art Nouveau period, specifically Alfons Mucha, whom I'm a huge fan of his work. His artwork is very graceful and appears fluid in nature.
You may notice that the image directly above is not a mermaid. After I finished with my chalk mural I helped my talented friend John Pinnell with his piece in order to finish by then end of Sunday. While he tediously worked on the Shark, Nemo, Dory, and Turtle characters, I filled in the water, created the cityscape and illustrated the smaller fish. After a long hard day of work, we got the piece done. I have to say it looked pretty amazing. If you would like to see more of John's work go to behance.net/johnpinnell