Last month, my dad and I went to the Downtown Burbank Art Festival in, you guessed it, Burbank, and it was so much fun I knew I had to tell you all about it.
Basically, the organization who puts on the festival gathers dozens of local artists to show their work all up and down San Fernando Boulevard at their own little booths. It happens every year, but this was my first year going, which was a MUST because Liana Hee was going to be there. They also do this really fun thing where you collect sketches from all the artists and get entered into a raffle, but even if you don’t win, you have a page full of amazing sketches to keep! Man, it was so great.
The very first booth we went into belonged to a photographer named Guillermo Zuniga, and we loved his photos. I bought a cute photo of a lifeguard tower taken in Hermosa Beach, and my dad bought one of downtown LA, and after speaking with him a bit, we found out that my grandmother had purchased one of his first photos about 30 years ago. It was very exciting, and a REALLY good start to the day.
I also got to meet the wonderful Liana, and I bought an adorable mermaid print of hers as well, and got to chat with her a bit about how she works and her new projects. She has a Mini-Mermie book available soon, too !! ahh!!! It’s just too cute.
I also picked up an adorable print from an artist named Rachel McAlister based on Zootopia that, once I saw, I couldn’t live without. Now’s a good time to mention I spent way, way too much money at this event, but I don’t even care.
Next, I came across a booth with two artists who went to school together, became great friends, and requested to share a booth. They even sketched their doodle at the same time. It was adorable. One of them, Jon Lau, had a class taught by one of my teachers, too, so that was a cool extra connection. He said he took a trip to Japan while in school, and the florals that he studied there changed his life and animation style completely. I bought a print of his of a bear surrounded by flowers, and just I love it.
All in all, it was the most perfect day, and I can’t wait for next year. Better start saving for it now. 😉