Strange Hair

Today’s sketch is a portrait. The gentleman reminded me of some of the characters from cartoons in Mad Magazine from the 196os.

I realized, in this sketch, that I captured some of the features quite well. In other sketches where I’ve done the same, I’ve ruined them by failing to capture others. There is a lot to be said for the maxim, “less is more.”

Sketch: Pen and Ink - Strange Hair (Long Face) Person

Strange Hair Person
Pen and Ink Sketch
5.5″x8″ Medium Weight Vellum Paper

At Last!

During my break in the cafe, I saw someone…. who wasn’t studying!  I got a glimpse of the crossword puzzle on his phone. At last, someone enjoying himself. (I suppose studying can be enjoyable on occasion.)

(Note: There were no emanations from the gentleman’s phone. I just exercised my artistic license for emphasis.)

Sketch: Pen and Ink - Someone Not Studying

At Last – Someone Not Studying
Pen and Ink Sketch
8″x5.5″ Medium Weight Vellum Paper

Leaning

The two young people at the next table were both studying. They were leaning in opposite directions. I must have de-emphasized the tilt on the female figure and over emphasized the tilt of the male figure.  The composition works anyway.

Sketch: Pen and Ink - Leaning Tower of Learning

Leaning Tower of Learning
Pen and Ink Portrait
8″x5.5″ Medium Weight Vellum Paper

Poirot Montage

I like to doodle when I watch shows on television. I like Agatha Christie’s Poirot. Some of my doodles are quick, blind*, portraits from a screen shot that has long since dissipated from the screen.

Sketch: Pen and Ink - Poirot Montage

Poirot Montage
Pen and Ink Sketch
8″x5.5″ Medium Weight Vellum Paper

 


*Done without looking.

New Storefront

In preparation for closing, the liquidation company has taken over. Big signs are the most noticeable manifestation that something new is afoot.

Sketch: Pen and Ink - New Storefront (For Now)

New Storefront (For Now)
Pen and Ink Sketch
8″X5.5″ Medium Weight Vellum Paper

Break Room

Today I worked at one of my jobs, the first long-term position I landed since I moved out here. I had been weaning myself away from it in favor of another that has more potential. I’m happy I did so: the job I worked today has been weaning itself away from me! It will close its doors at the end of June.

I did today’s sketch as a memory tickler – to remember part of the store after it closes for good.

Sketch: Pen and Ink - Break Room

Break Room
Pen and Ink Sketch
8″x5.5″ Medium Weight Vellum Paper

Two Studying Together

Today’s study is a combination of pencil, and pen and ink. I began with a .5mm mechanical pencil and sketched out the details. I thought of the composition, although all the figures were right in front of me. I wanted to emphasize the figures in the foreground. It would have been easy to omit the background figures but I chose to include them to show context. I toned them down a bit, perhaps not enough. The two people at the table are together but also in their own worlds of study.

Sketch: Pencil, Pen and Ink - Studying Together

Studying Together
Pencil, Pen and Ink Drawing
8″x5.5″ Medium Weight Vellum Paper

Red Nurse Studying

One of the Star Trek (The Next Generation) episodes has a scene in which all the operating room (OR) staff are wearing red uniforms. I thought this was odd since it would be hard to see blood stains. It might be handy to see blood stains on clothing worn in the OR to warn staff that may not otherwise see a spurting blood vessel. I could be wrong…

I saw someone in a red nurse’s uniform studying in the cafe today. Perhaps the trend toward red OR uniforms has already begun.

Sketch: Pen and Ink - Red Nurse Studying

Red Nurse Studying
5.5″x8″ Medium Weight Vellum Paper

Fall Remnant

Although it is spring, I found this colorful leaf on the asphalt. It must have held onto its tree until the bitter end. Or perhaps it is a Cheshire person all but disappeared, except for the lips.

Photograph: Fall Remnant

Fall Remnant (or Lips in Space)

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