Man with Eye Shade and Wild Hair

We frequently have return visitors to the cafe. I have encountered this man before. He loves to read. I was about to draw his shirt when another customer placed her knapsack directly in my way. This visual element certainly changed the overall design of this sketch.

Sketch: Pencil and Wash - Man with Eye Shade and Wild Hair

Man with Eye Shade and Wild Hair
Pencil and Wash Sketch
5.5″x8.5″ 138# Cold Pressed Mix Media Paper

Ageless Man

The subject of this drawing was an older man. I only had a couple of minutes to sketch. I got his outline correct, and his hairline, but was unable to supply details which would have made his age apparent.

Sketch: Pencil - Ageless Man

Ageless Man
5.5″x8.5″ 138# Cold Pressed Mix Media Paper

Lady Reading a Funny Book

When I got done with her, she resembled Whistler’s Mother. But while I was sketching her, she started laughing. Remarkable change in expression. I wish I could have captured it.

Sketch: Pencil - Lady Reading Funny Book

Lady Reading Funny Book
Pencil Sketch
5.5″x8.5″ 138# Cold Pressed Mix Media Paper

Lady with Patterned Pants

The young lady’s top was almost pitch black, very difficult to draw. So I concentrated on the pants.

Sketch: Pencil - Young Lady with Pattered Pants

Young Lady with Patterned Pants
Pencil Sketch
5.5″x8.5″ 138# Cold Pressed Mix Media Paper

Leaning Man V. Beard Man

I barely started drawing Leaning Man when his fast food order was ready (go figure). He left. Being short of sketch paper, I began the Beard Man’s portrait on the same page.  Here they are.

Sketch: Pencil - Leaning Man Interrupted by Beard Man

Leaning Man Interrupted by Beard Man
Pencil Sketch
5.5″x8.5″ 138# Cold Pressed Mix Media Paper

Warrior Man

I drew a sketch of this man who was waiting across the room from me. I didn’t even try to get the face details. Any stray pencil line in the face area would ruin the sketch. I should practice drawing facial features.

Sketch: Pencil - Warrior Man

Warrior Man
Pencil Sketch
5.5″x8.5″ 138# Cold Pressed Mix Media Paper

Very Heavy Man

This man was very heavy. I think he was much heavier in person than in my drawing. I don’t know why I wasn’t able to be more faithful to life.

Sketch: Pencil - Very Heavy Man

Very Heavy Man
Pencil Sketch
5.5″x8.5″ 138# Cold Pressed Mix Media Paper

Man at Bar

In a departure from my usual practice, the sketch below was done from a photograph. This allowed me more time to work on the likeness. I used water soluble pencils for shading.

Sketch: Pencil and Wash - Man at Bar

Man at Bar
Pencil and Wash Sketch
5.5″x8.5″ 138# Cold Pressed Mix Media

Man Typing

Another 15 minute portrait done at break time. I used water soluble pencil for the dark areas and washed the sketch after I got home.

Sketch: Pencil and Wash - Man Typing

Man Typing
Pencil and Wash Sketch
5.5″x8.5″ 138# Cold Pressed Mix Media Paper

Two Spaces

I was struck by the difference between waiting room space and the promise of a capacious inner office, in the waiting area. The sanctum was partially visible through an open half-window, only revealing hints of what lie behind the door. If I were a child, I would have been terrified. From a lower vantage point, I would only have seen the ceiling, with no clue of what was waiting for me inside.

Sketch: Pencil, Pen and Ink, Wash - Two Spaces

Two Spaces
Pencil, Wash, Pen and Ink Sketch
8.5″x5.5″ 138# Cold Pressed Mix Media Paper

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