Friday, January 31, 2014

Graze ‘n’ Sketch

1/31/14 Diamine Chocolate Brown ink, Zig markers, Canson XL 140 lb. paper
Friday afternoon, it turns out, is a great time to shop at the Roosevelt Whole Foods if you’re hungry. I usually go food shopping early on Monday mornings when stores are deserted, and I never see samples then. Today I scored some excellent snacks before and after settling in with a coffee to sketch at the café.

1/31/14 Diamine Chocolate Brown, Strathmore 400 140 lb. paper
Unfortunately, as I’ve observed before, Whole Foods patrons generally do not settle in – they eat and run. Prepared for this, I sketched quickly and tried to compose the scene so that if a person got up and left, I could fill in with whoever sat down afterwards.

It was easier, though, to compose small vignettes rather than entire scenes. I caught a woman taking a selfie with her grandson, another woman feeding her little boy, and a teenager wearing a faux fur jacket that was both fuzzy and sparkly as she wolfed down a sandwich.

Each ate and ran within 15 minutes. All those short poses at Gage’s life drawing sessions are paying off.

1/31/14 Diamine Chocolate Brown ink
1/31/14 Monte Verde Brown ink


  1. This is a great cluster of people sketches Tina. Love that Diamine Chocolate Brown.

  2. I guess Whole Foods is not a place where people linger. (Unlike the NYC sketchers when we were there for about 1 1/2 hours.) You captured quite a lot of these quick moving strangers. I like the girl in the fuzzy jacket...she's stylin'!


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