The Premiere Orlando International Beauty Event was a huge event held at the Orange County Convention Center. Sultana gave me a thick book which showcased all the vendors and offered a fold out floor plan that showed the locations of the hundreds of vendors. Just walking the showroom floor offered constant visual stimulation. Every vendor was doing whatever they could to get viewers attention. I finally realized that I just needed to sit front and center at any booth and I could sketch the many models who were there. These two models sporting Alice in Wonderland outfits stayed fairly still. Once a photographer stepped in however they would vogue and pose looking down at the photographer with a highbrow disdain. I liked that the mad hatter had on a shoulder harness made from spools of thread. That was a nice creative touch.
Next to the models, a hair stylist was busy cutting and styling another models hair. I had just blocked in the sketch when the hair stylist told the models that they could take a lunch break. I calmly closed my sketchbook and then got up to sketch somewhere else on the showroom floor. Several hours later when the sketch was finished, I returned to the Salon Tech Booth and the same two models were back at work. I sat front and center and got back to work. Lee Ann McCall a national sales manager for Salon Tech came over to see what I was working on. She seemed sincerely surprised and delighted by the sketch.
Unfortunately, a cough I had caught flying out of NYC started to take hold in my chest. I had a press pass that would have allowed me to return to the event for several more days. The sketching opportunities were limitless, but the next day I was flat on my back in bed for much needed rest and relaxation.