Alka #302

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]While on the annual summer vacation in Croatia, I packed, but did not expect, that I’d be able to again go to the Alka. For those that are unfamiliar, it’s a ‘contest of knights’, a competition where riders on horseback try to pierce a quartered circle in the center. It commemorates a victory over the Ottoman army which took place in 1715, and this celebratory contest has taken place every year since then. All who ride must be born in the city of Sijn, where this takes place, and for the Alka they all dress appropriately to the time of the battle. It’s a truly spectacular, proud display of living history, unlike anything I’ve seen before.

I’ve drawn this a few times before. This time around we (my wife and I) had great seats not far from the President of Croatia, in the shade. Limiting if I was going to do a full essay, but good for the health, considering it was boiling hot. This time around I didn’t draw myself into a frenzy. I spent of the time simply watching, cheering and enjoying the spectacle. I did want to limit myself this time around. Fewer materials, less walking around, no crazy sitting in the sun. How does one approach something that’ they’ve done before? I wanted to build on what I’ve done in the past, in calligraphy at least. Next year, maybe I’ll go again and will further expand the essay. Until then, I hope you enjoy these few drawings.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_masonry_media_grid grid_id=”vc_gid:1502384389645-8930eb47-7e58-6″ include=”1594,1590,1586,1585,1595,1584,1593,1591,1589,1587″][/vc_column][/vc_row]