Grandma’s Treat

I ate at a restaurant during my lunch break today. I haven’t done that in a long time. An older woman and a young boy sat in a booth close to me. I was at one of the tables that was surrounded by very high stools. This accounts for the vantage point in the sketch […]

Pack Man

Sometimes, pencil is the right tool for the job. The subject of the sketch below merited such a treatment. The subject’s pack, with all its details, on the other hand could have been beautifully rendered in ink. Since I am the final arbiter of my artistic implements, pencil it is. (The wavy line to the […]

Waiting for X-Ray

At first I just sketched the man in the wheelchair and the lady next to him. I don’t know if they were together. The lady had a coughing fit, so I sat on the other side of the waiting room. After drawing them, I had enough space on the paper to include the waiting room […]

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 […]

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.)

Man Reading

Back to live drawing. I loved sketching this man. He was older and loved to read. I know this because he was at the same table on my second break as he was during my first break. He could have read a whole book in that time.  I did several sketches of him. This one […]

Bold Portraits

I never seem to get it right on the first stroke. That’s why I use pencil and make my initial movements lightly.  I saw some simple line portraits the other day that were bold, direct contours of faces.  I tried that today during my 15 minute sketch time. I wonder if the bold lines in […]