Blasé faces

6 May, 2021.

Blasé faces, unimpressed and indifferent to the food, to their surroundings, to the games playing on the banks of television screens.

Discards

5 May, 2021.

Out in a field, slowly returning to earth, these discards, these abandoned cars, among them is a 1964 Bug with that funny flat glass windshield and that funny slightly off white color; it reminds me of driving in the winter with no heat whatsoever.

Mannerisms

4 May, 2021.

People at the bar, in restaurants, at tables or leaning, standing – whatever! – in places of libation are just fascinating to watch, their mannerisms, their expressions, their movements and how they pose, what they are themselves paying attention to – because I, I am paying attention to them!

Annabelle

3 May, 2021.

She’s old, and sleeps most of the day, farting as she gets up and farting as she lays back down, and she makes sure her bowl never gets stale – the kibble is gone in minutes, or seconds really; begging for table scraps, lying under my feet, under my chair, under the dining room table, a gross dangle of slobber hanging from an expectant corner of her mouth.

Rely on the line.

26 April, 2021.

We ate out a few days ago. Restaurants are reopening. More to the point, it’s warm enough that outside tables are available, and we can responsibly be in public spaces.

Sketch quickly. Capture the gesture. I can do this again.
Keep it simple. Rely on the line. I got this.

Natural State.

21 April, 2021.

One of the best places to study a variety of people “types” is at an outdoor farmer’s market. Visitors move at a leisurely pace, and their body language is relaxed and unposed. Perhaps they carry bags. Or lean over to squeeze fruit. Or chat with a companion.

People interact with each other at a market, and with their surroundings. The opportunity is perfect for studying ordinary moments and capturing people at their most natural and comfortable state.

The Value of Cropping

20 April, 2021.

I often find myself trying to include too much information in a drawing. A scene usually has a variety of potential focal points and it’s easy to fall prey to a desire to capture so many interesting things that it’s impossible to know what to even look at.

Case in point is this sketch. What initially caught my attention was the silhouette of the city in the background. My original idea was to use the foreground as a device to draw attention to the shapes of the builds behind.

But as I drew I began to realize that there were all these things in the middle ground, distractions from that space I was interested in. The drawing, as sometimes happens, took over.

When that happened, I began to question how important that silhouette of tall buildings was as a main subject. I decided to crop the sketch to see what would happen (top of page), and liked what I saw.

Better? An improvement? Maybe. But definitely a different character to the sketch, and definitely a change of focal point.

Baklava

19 April, 2021

She stood behind a table, wrapped in loose, dark robes and a lavender head covering. Masked also, as were we all, she bent to her labor, packaging Baklava for purchase.

We’ve lived with the pandemic for over a year now. People are slowly emerging from their Covid cocoons and venturing out into public places. Vaccinations are making some social interaction possible, albeit from a safe distance, nose and mouth covered, and out-of-doors.

The only people I see are masked and I feel like I’m beginning to forget how to use my pen to characterize a nose, a mouth, a jawline.