Sketching people in cafes is one of my favourite things to do….a good coffee, read the newspaper then find someone else doing the same and sketch them very quickly without them noticing. I draw directly in ink without pencil under-drawing for two reasons….Firstly because an under-drawing adds extra time (which I don’t have)….. Secondly because drawing directly with ink forces me to look really closely to the subject before putting ink on the page….with waterproof ink I’m totally committed to each line (I do make mistakes but they are either incorporated into the final picture or simply ignored – life is not perfect either). Before putting pen to paper I decide on the story I want to tell and develop a mental image of how I want the final sketch to look – the composition on the page – what will be included / how much / where to place things for maximum effect. I usually start drawing a person with the nearest eye and draw out from there, looking for connecting and intersecting lines – assessing the geometry of the face (drawing is a really about triangulation). The drawing on this probably took about 15 minutes, with about 20 minutes for watercolour – adding paint into already wet washes to get graded colour. As for the choice of subject (or victim!)…. anyone who has just sat down with a full cup (so I know they will be there for a little while). Interesting faces and expressions (some people get involved with the news articles and make lots of facial expressions when reading). The guy below had a lovely soft white beard and thinning hair on top that I wanted to try to capture…..
I joined the Perth Plein Air Painters briefly this morning in Mount Hawthorne, most people were painting the street scene but I chose to paint the lovely bright yellow earth mover (Daniel Smith – Hansa Yellow Medium) and workmen who were busy replacing Perth’s 100 year old water mains. There is digging all around the city at the moment….huge new pipes being lifted up and then fed down a hole in the foreground….presumably to join up with another piece of the pipe puzzle.
Last week’s sketches for the #OneWeek100PeopleSymposium event (the world wide Urban Sketchers Symposium is happening right now in Chigaco). I sat in the Urban Orchard next to the Art Gallery of Western Australia and sketched a steady stream of people going to and from the Perth City train station towards Perth Cultural Centre. When you actually look closely at people walking you begin to notice the huge variety of body shapes, different clothing styles and range of walking gait that each person has. These are only quick gestural scribbles done over about an hour, no detail just body shapes. Lots of fun.
Watching the fishers at Cottesloe Groyne today, the guy in the foreground didn’t have much luck, the fish weren’t biting for him. But one of the fishos further along the groyne started reeling herring in one after the other – the school of fish was clearly visible, shining just under the surface, it was just about impossible not to catch fish today. Apparently the secret to catching herring is….. low tide, a generous amount of burley made with leftover roast chicken fat and a fair amount of luck!
Here’s what you can catch…..fresh herring….
At the Claremont Goods Shed this morning for a gathering of the #typeclubwa – people interested in hand lettering, font styles and graphic design. Lots of different types of pens, brushpens, textas, pencils, watercolour – creating lots of different writing styles…. some curly and wandering…. others angular and edgy. I had fun scribbling on the paper covered table but even more fun sketching the people down the table as they created their “words of art”.