Even though the wait in a waiting room seems interminable, patients do get called in. The trick, as a sketcher, is to choose a subject that has a long wait, or whose time in one place can be predicted. The gentleman on the right was getting ready to leave, so I had a good idea […]
I get all ready to sketch, everything in its place, I look up and begin drawing a portrait. The subject leaves and I have a nearly empty page. I fill the remaining space with other faces, just to practice.
It was a small waiting room, and crowded. I had a hard time hefting my pen in this elbow-to-elbow crowd while guarding my sketchbook against prying eyes.
My blind drawings are outlines. They look like cartoon figures. When I sketch while looking at the subject and the paper, the portraits look more realistic.
I sketched the man while he and his wife were waiting. I did not know who had an appointment until the lady got up and left when her name was called. The man remained in ‘couple mode’, his legs together, as if respecting the space of his now-absent wife. Across the room was another figure, […]