Crowded Table

I was sketching these people when three other people sat at the empty table pictured below. These interlopers were the subject of yesterday’s sketch.

Sketch: Pencil - Crowded Table

Crowded Table
Pencil Sketch
8.5″x5.5″ 138# Cold Pressed Mix Media Paper

But I think I had enough time to give a sense of the atmosphere at that crowded table.

Interposed Figures

I was on my break, patiently sketching the group across the room when a trio of people sat directly in the line of sight between my subjects and me. I had just enough time to quickly line out their shapes.

Sketch: Pencil - Interposed Figures

Interposed Figures
Pencil Sketch
8.5″x5.5″ 138# Cold Pressed Mix Media Paper

One Out Of Two

Sometimes 15 minutes is not enough for a complete portrait.  I wanted to complete the daughter first. I got a bad start on the mom and had to re-size her head. I try avoiding erasers. I post the good with the bad.

Sketch: Pencil - One Out Of Two

One Out Of Two
Pencil Sketch
8.5″x5.5″ 138# Cold Pressed Mix Media Paper

I think I could have salvaged the second figure given time.

Woman From Behind

This was a very quick sketch. I liked the forms created by the woman’s top. Larger planar areas are much easier to shade than crowded little areas that comprise a face.

Sketch: Pencil - Woman From Behind

Woman From Behind
Pencil Sketch
5.5″x8.5″ 138# Cold Pressed Mix Media Paper

Study Group in the Rough

I normally carry a pencil sharpener with me when I know I’m going to sketch. It usually isn’t necessary since my drawing implements are nicely pointed most of the time. Imagine my dismay when I sat down to make a group portrait and discovered that the point of my pencil was gone! It looked like a truncated cone of graphite. Needless to say, I had forgotten my sharpener.

One must proceed with the tools one has at the moment.

(Note, the male studier has a black mask covering his chin – not a beard.)Sketch: Pencil - Study Group in the Rough

Study Group in the Rough
Pencil Sketch
8.5″x5.5″ 138# Cold Pressed Mix Media Paper

Woman in Profile

It is difficult for me to make interesting sketches of people in profile. In sketches where the scene includes more context, I get good results with a vague outline of a person’s profile, paying more attention to the rest of the image. I think I could have done a better drawing today if I focused on the face alone by parsing the contour of the outline into its component arcs. Shading of features within the outline (i.e., temple, cheek, chin and neck) would make the sketch more interesting. This is not something I can do quickly, at the moment.

Sketch: Pencil -Woman in Profile

Woman in Profile
Pencil Sketch
5.5″x8.5″ 138# Cold Pressed Mix Media Paper

Back Office: Waning Days of Existence

Only a few more weeks before we shut the doors. I’ve never outlasted a firm at which I’ve worked. Strange feeling. I’m sure this is much more common these days than it was in my time.

Sketch: Pencil and Wash - Back Office: Waning Days of Existence

Back Office: Waning Days of Existence
Pencil and Wash
8.5″x5.5″ 138# Cold Pressed Mix Media Paper

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