|8/11/12 Copic Multiliner SP pen, watercolor, Stillman & Birn sketchbook|
This scene outside a Starbucks is a good case in point. Sitting at one of the patio tables, I spotted the guy in sunglasses seated on the right side of the bench. He seemed to be relaxing, or perhaps waiting for someone, so I was hoping he'd stick around a while. I had framed the composition in my mind to include him and the bench in the background and the planter in the foreground. I was tempted to sketch the bench first – something solid to seat the guy on – but I resisted. Just as I had barely finished a rough line contour of the guy, he got up and left. Although I had not yet drawn the bench, I knew where the seat would be because I had sketched his hip. I was still fleshing him out when the bearded guy sat down – what luck! – on the left side of the bench. They never shared the bench in reality, but my sketch turned out to be a time-lapse composition.