Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Rusty at Zoka

11/21/17 Warming up
I’ve been spending so much time this fall focused on my graphite drawing class (now completed) that I haven’t done much people sketching at all – usually my primary subject as soon as the rainy season begins. Last winter and spring it was the same thing as I worked many hours with colored pencils instead of having fun at coffee shops or at life-drawing sessions. As much as I’ve enjoyed and learned from the intensive classroom study, I’ve missed drawing people – and I’m feeling very rusty.

According to my blog, I hadn’t been to Zoka Coffee, my favorite coffee shop for sketching, since March when I was feverishly trying to get through #oneweek100people. Since then, the signage and some d├ęcor had changed and, remarkably, their already delicious blueberry scones had somehow gotten even better! Or maybe I had just missed them, too.

Feeling very creaky, I warmed up first with a brush pen (above), just like I do at life-drawing sessions.

The guy below was drawing too, but not urban sketching. He kept his eyes pinned to his sketchbook and never glanced up long enough to notice that I was drawing him. He kept twisting himself into interesting, challenging-to-draw pretzel positions. His hands were always moving, but I tried a couple of details anyway.

11/21/17 Sketchy

Dripping wet when he arrived, Mr. Hoodie never removed his jacket as he stared at his laptop all morning.

11/21/17 Drippy


Mr. Fidget kept me busy trying to keep up with his three arms.

11/21/17 Fidgety

6 comments:

  1. I really enjoy your people sketches. Very descriptive of where you were. I’m going to have to try my hand at the local coffee shop too!

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    1. Thanks, Cathy, and I hope you enjoy coffee shop sketching! I find it to be a very relaxing, non-threatening place to sketch people. Choose a cafe with free wi-fi -- everyone there will be so engrossed in their screens that they'll never notice you sketching them. ;-)

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  2. Any adult orchestra in Seattle? They are great to sketch. I'm going to the Terrible Adult Chamber Orchestra again this Sunday to sketch the musicians!

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    1. I'm hoping to catch a holiday concert or two in the next few months! I love the musician sketches you've been doing!

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  3. I like hearing the story of each character you sketch. lol I know if we don't keep up sketching people it is hard to get back into it. Seems like you did well. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. Thanks, Joan -- you have a great Thanksgiving, too!

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