This week I’ve been sketching at a faster rate, it must be the weather telling me to move, or the amount of crazy people, or just the fact that it’s really hard to stay at home all day when the outside world looks this nice.
I know it won’t last, because it’s a Canadian Summer.
However, it’s thrilling, because I had a small sketchbook, which allowed me to be a bit least conspicuous than usual… to a certain extent. It’s hard to hide that you’re staring at someone. Even if you’re doing it for art.
So, look at all this people:
I did some plants as well:
Also took two small sketches and then cleaned them up a bit at home:
And just because, I added a little sketch I did for a potential commission that didn’t pan out, from photo reference:
I’ve been busy doing nothing much lately (the webcomic and writing mostly), but I’m trying to pick up a bit on my café sketching to make sure I don’t lose any traditional skills. And stretch those drawing muscles.
For those who don’t know what “café sketching” means, it’s what you’d normally call creeping people out in public spaces. For some people it’s coffee shops. For me it’s usually public transportation.
But in some cases, I do experience the outside world and open spaces. It’s summer after all. And when everybody’s having fun and enjoying the sun, I have to make sure I get those poses in my sketchbook.
There’s one problem however. Summer, even the Canadian variety which is rainy and cold, includes those nasty horrible pests they call pigeons. I damn hate them and their smug faces.
I hope you enjoyed my little sketch dump. I’ll be posting some recent completed pieces as soon as I complete them. Also, don’t forget to check my webcomic, The Doppelganger.
Café sketches are tricky to do. You’re supposed to draw people in their environments, capturing their movements and such… yet they don’t seem too interesting sitting down in a coffee house or the subway unless they’re either horrifying or beautiful. But then… there was this poster about a double bill in the Toronto Roller Derby, which I hadn’t visited yet. It was clear I had to go there, eat lots of exotic food from trucks and watch a crazy sport I really didn’t understand.
Contrary to what I thought, not all the sprinters were the thin, short girls. There was this one, #666 from Chicks Ahoy! (Gotta love the names, this one is Awesome Sauce) who has a heavier girl, but managed to outrun everyone. Ages, body types, styles, attack modes are all different. It was really great reference to draw. They hit each other really hard and get back on track just as easy.
Did I mention the food trucks? They ruled. Now I’m hooked on chasing food trucks around Toronto.