Busy Man

When I’m on my break, the people in the cafe are usually frozen in position, reading or studying. As I was trying to sketch the man below the Maltese Falcon poster, he shifted his body before I could scribble his pose; when I tried sketching him in his new position, he moved again. The resulting […]

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 […]

Open Doorway and Water Cooler

Our break room cubby opens into the shop. Glass is stored upright in sturdy packages. Each one is very heavy and must be slid into open bays. Framers carefully remove glass sheets from their boxes one-by-one as needed. Sometimes it is very hot where the artwork is framed. Cold water is available where the staff […]

View from the Cafe

I like my 15 minutes in the cafe, when I work.  I recon I spend 10 minutes on each sketch and 5 minutes trying to avoid burning my mouth on the hot beverage I get at the beginning of my coffee break. I feel the excitement when I work toward a completed sketch within a […]

Reading Break

One think I like about my new job is, if I forget to bring along the book I’m reading, I can go to where it resides on the shelf, pick up a copy and read it during my break.  However, the job is not without its ethical challenges. For instance, a customer asked me to […]