Interview: Keith’s Carnival Art

Recently we had a chance to chat with Keith LaCour of Keith’s Carnival Art. If you aren’t already familiar with his work, Keith is an artist specializing in detailed architectural pencil art. His work is incredible – wonderfully detailed down to every lightbulb. It’s hard to believe it is all done by pencil! Take a deeper look at his work and thoughts below:


C101: Keith, thank you for taking the time to chat with us about your work! I know I’ve always enjoyed seeing your work pop up on social media. For those who may not be familiar with your art, can you give us just a little history of who you are, what you do, and where your passion for amusement parks came from?

Keith: I have always had a passion for amusement parks and carnivals. I started drawing carnivals and amusement parks at the age of 6 years old and started showing my work professionally at shows at 14 in local exhibits. I am from Alexandria, LA, I do about 10 local art shows a year. I am self taught and have never had any lessons in art.

C101: As an artist myself, I know I got my start with pencil sketching, but you take it to a whole new level. Can you let us in on your process and what it takes to create such detailed scenes?

Keith: Most drawing projects take about 8 to 10 days to complete or sometimes even a month depending on the level of detail involved. Before starting a drawing I will visit a site or research old photographs as a reference for drawing. Many hours are spent on rough sketches with the use of rulers and geometry to make each drawing precise down to the last detail.

C101: Where do you find your inspiration for your next piece?

Keith: One of my favorite subjects to draw are the vintage rides from the 1940s – 1960’s.

C101: What is your favorite and least favorite ride to draw?

Keith: My favorite ride to draw is the Sky Wheel but its hard to say which one is the least favorite because I enjoy drawing them all.

C101: Since we are Coaster101 – we have to know, what is your favorite roller coaster?

Keith: Out of all the rollercoasters I have ridden my favorite one was the Texas Cyclone at Astroworld.

C101: Keith, thank you again for talking with us! Please let everyone know where they can find and purchase your artwork!

Keith: My artwork can be purchased at this link I also have a calendar that I do each year of my carnival art, the calendar is in its 22nd year.

If you would like check out all of Keith’s work or to keep up to date with his latest creations, follow his facebook page Keith’s Carnival Art.

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