In crowded situations, my sketching contracts. I do small vignettes, moving mostly my thumb and forefinger, anchoring my wrist in one place. (Normally I my wrist would be in action.) Even with the restricted reach of my pencil I was able to trace some quite different characters.
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, […]