During coronavirus crisis, adults chalk sidewalks too
There are many ways to communicate, and during this time of social distancing, art has become an important means of expression. Sidewalk chalk has proven a popular sunny day art form for kids, though rain soon erases the results. Brooklyn Dad James Roso was outside with chalk too, and created sidewalk portraits of a dozen colorful cartoon characters around his home to entertain his toddler daughter.
"I've never done something like this before," admits Roso. "My brother, who lives nearby, drew chalk art figures for his own daughter years ago, and encouraged me to try." The striking artwork won admiration from many passers-by, who encouraged their friends to come see, too. "These are my favorite cartoon figures from when I was a kid," comments Roso. "Most of them are from Warner Brothers' 'Looney Toons', or the Hanna Barbera cartoons, although I may try some Disney figures, too."
Roso started with a charcoal outline of Henry Hawk first, then added colors. "I was surprised how well it turned out," he smiles. He continued the figures down S.E. 11th Avenue on one side of his home, then down Haig Street on the other. So far he's drawn Yosemite Sam, the Pink Panther, Foghorn Leghorn, Bugs Bunny, Yogi Bear, Wile E. Coyote, and the Roadrunner, among others.
When asked about his handiwork, Roso admits, "No, I'm not a professional; I do it for love, to show my daughter some of my favorite cartoons from long ago. The neighbors tell me I can continue drawing up and down both sidewalks [past their homes]!" Who knew that an artistic father with pieces of chalk could create such endearing memories for others of his generation?
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