Portrait of Waiting Person in Context

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.

Sketch: Pencil - Portrait of Waiting Person in Context

Portrait of Waiting Person in Context
Pencil Sketch
8″x5″ 110# Moleskin Journal

Portrait of Young Woman Reading Aloud

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

Sketch: Pencil - Portrait of Young Woman Reading Aloud

Portrait of Young Woman Reading Aloud
Pencil Sketch
5″x8″ 110# Moleskin Journal

Reading a Very Difficult Passage

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.

Sketch: Pencil - Reading a Very Difficult Passage

Reading a Very Difficult Passage
Pencil Sketch
8″x5″ 110# Moleskin Journal

Woman in Wheelchair Waiting with Home Aid and Daughter

Sometimes people wait in isolation. Others wait in groups, as this trio below.

Sketch: Pencil - Woman in Wheelchair Waiting with Home Aid and Daughter

Woman in Wheelchair Waiting with Home Aid and Daughter
Pencil Sketch
8″x5″ 110# Moleskin Journal

Husband Waiting for Wife Who Probably Had Her Eyes Dilated

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.

Sketch: Pencil - Husband Waiting for Wife Who Probably Had Her Eyes Dilated

Husband Waiting for Wife Who Probably Had Her Eyes Dilated
Pencil Sketch
8″x5″ 110# Moleskin Journal

Man in Sharply-Ironed Clothes

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.

Sketch: Pencil - Man in Sharply-Ironed Clothes

Man in Sharply-Ironed Clothes
Pencil Sketch
8″x5″ 110# Moleskin Journal

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

Girl Looking at Propped-Up Laptop

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.

Sketch: Pencil - Girl Looking at Propped-Up Laptop

Girl Looking at Propped-Up Laptop
Pencil Sketch
5″x8″ 110# Moleskin Journal

Woman Reading Magazine Before Eye Dilation

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.

Sketch: Pencil - Woman Reading Magazine Before Eye Dilation

Woman Reading Magazine Before Eye Dilation
Pencil Sketch
8″x5″ 110# Moleskin Journal

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