This guy's shirt labeled him as a Time Keeper. He waited on the trackside until things had happened, then went out into the middle of the stadium to converse with other Time Keepers.
One thing I noted about him was he was VERY tanned. Must have just been on holiday I asumed.
But later, when the event was over, he spent the rest of his time in the centre of the stadium sitting in the sunshine next to what I assumed was a very important time measuring device that was not to be moved or tampered with. If he had done that for the whole of the sporting spectacular, no wonder he had got him a tan.
So he was less of a time keeper, more a time body guard.
One of the army of supporters who wore their flag like a superhero cloak.
I think there is something intrinsically comforting about wrapping yourself in a flag like that. Connecting back to childhood play and the undeniable pleasure in wearing cloaks. Who wouldn't want to go through life in a cloak ? Feeling it billow as you stride through doors, and swish past the lowly and uncloaked. A fluid fabric echo of you.
Sunday I had a day pass to the Royal Artillery Barracks - current home of the Shooting and Archery.
Thought I would go for an hour or so... stayed all day. It was utterly brilliant.
Firstly, Pistol shooting.
No idea what the rules were, or how the scoring went, or who was in the lead.
Or even who won.
I made a few notes look, this was Yunas Bahceci of Turkey. Like the nonchalant hand in pocket.
And Zivko Papaz of Serbia.
I want to say this guy was from Japan, but I didn't note it down. After the noise and frenetics of the swimming it was so calm, and still and ( because of the ear plugs we all had to wear ), quiet, almost contemplative. Just the steady raising of the pistol arms, and the occasional sharp crack of each shot. It was almost monastic in it's focus.
And it occurred to me,I don't think I have ever sketched people in wheelchairs before.
Went to the swimming on saturday. Saw Elli Simmonds break her own world record. Which was excellent, but also hazardous to human ear drums, as the noise the audience made literally hurt to hear.
Mostly forgot to sketch, but here are two from in between the splashy stuff.
I was up in the stands looking down over a whole row of people recording the events for each team. Netherlands, New Zealand and Japan were immediately in front of me, according to their shirts. I assume they are so the swimmers can watch it back and see how they did, how they can improve.
I could do with someone to do that for me in general
Had to add some quick colour to this one, loved the blue of the pool, and the red and yellow of the lane markers.