This was an animated group.
This year I have been concentrating on drawing portraits of individuals or groups of people who are waiting. My sketches have been mostly close-ups that focus on body language or gesture.
Today, I expanded my scope to give the viewer an idea of the surroundings.
Here is a portrait of the young woman from yesterday’s ‘action reading’ sketch. It is cartoonish, but captures her essence; at least, my interpretation of her spirit
One of the highlights of my time at work is when a group of special visitors comes into the store with a care giver. They typically range from nonverbal to conversational. I love to help them, and begin a conversation, when possible. Today, I welcomed a small group as they came in. To my, “Hello, welcome in.” I was, in turn, greeted, unremarkably, except for one young man wearing headphones who, with a hitchhiker’s thumb, gestured to the care giver behind him and said, “She’s mine.” We smiled.
Later on, during my break, I came upon one of the visitors at the cafe.
Today’s sketch is about waiting, but the waiter is the artist. This is a first-person waiting situation. The subject is not waiting at all, but rather actively engaged in reading. She was reading aloud to herself. I liked watching her and I liked sketching her.
I think the last thing on this person’s mind was the cane.
Sometimes people wait in isolation. Others wait in groups, as this trio below.
People in waiting rooms for eye doctors generally fall into two categories: dilatees and those waiting to drive them home. Below is a portrait of the latter.
The gentleman across the way was wearing the sharpest shirt and trousers I have ever seen. And I do mean sharp! I don’t think that his clothes were starched, or they would have cracked when he moved.
I was thinking about working some more on this drawing. I would concentrate the straight lines of the costume and exaggerate them. I would make this guy an homage to cubism
This young lady looked very comfortable looking at her laptop. I’m not sure if she was using it to study or for pleasure. There were a minimum of papers on the table and she was quiet and virtually motionless. Maybe she was meditating.
At first I lightly sketched the figure. I don’t know why, but I always seem to start with the arms. I also spend time on the head tilt and its relationship to the shoulders. I finished with enough time to include some of the furniture, and to darken the lines of the woman. I’m pretty happy with this one.