Sunday, January 31, 2010

Sketchbook 01/31/10



A common theme running through these two spreads. They were both drawn while waiting. The cafe was done while waiting for a friend at the Moonbean Cafe and the laptop gentleman was done waiting for my shift to begin.

7 comments:

Catriona said...

Lovely sketches, sometimes pays to stop and wait and watch the world.

Wil said...

Catriona-- certainly does! And that's the part i like the most about sketching in public.

Dan Kent said...

These are just great! Wonderful sketches - I especially like the man on the laptop, but I love how you captured the whole scene in the first one in a sweep. Two questions, Wil: (1) Are you using both black and grey ink? If so, what pens? (2) (okay it's three questions) - I've been really tight lately, not drawing nearly quickly enough in public, any suggestions?

Wilfred said...

Dan-- Miami. What the heck are you doing down there? ;-) My mistake. Your writings make you sound like a really salt of the earth type of guy and I just associate that type of person with the mid-west. sorry if that was a back handed insult to all miamians! (a thousand apologies.)

Answers to questions:
1. I'm actually using a black pen. I guess the grey shades are the lighter areas of hatching that's not really conveyed on a low rez image like the ones i post. The pens are Bic round stic grip, fine tips.
2. hmmm. Well right off the bat, you have a family and that takes up a lot of time. I don't so I take off anytime, anywhere. That helps. But sketching in public isn't a thing i make a conscious effort to do (except for the cafe series) i just have a sketchbook with me at all times and whip it out when the urge hits. i still get a bit nervous pulling it out in the middle of a crowd, but when i get into that sweet zone when it's just me and the drawing, the crowds disappear (i know that's sounds cliché, but it's true)
I had a uni prof who said, take 10 mins. everyday and sketch. that could be during lunch at work, or waiting for your kids to come out from something. i think the opportunities are there for anyone. that's my $0.02 worth. hope that helps.

Wilfred said...

Dan-- dah, a blond moment hit me. Was reading your words but not getting the meaning.
so let me re-answer your question. Loosening up while sketching in public. Tough one. It definitely is a mental thing fo rme. The choice of medium affects the tightness/looseness as well. The pen i use, usually helps me loosen up. I associate it with scribbling in notebooks and so that's the attitude i have when i draw with that. The micron pen is just a tight medium for me. To me it's more permanent than my pen and so i tend to concentrate more and as a result, i want every line to be perfect. Translation: analness to the n-th degree.

Have you tried giving yourself a time limit? say 5 minutes to sketch a scene. That'll quicken up your pace and allow you only to put down what's important. A lot like gesture drawing in figure drawing.

so that's it, dan. perhaps you should ask others. I feel i didn't do your question justice.

raena said...

I love these, you've managed a very nice range of tone! I am getting more comfortable with the ballpoint and find I do prefer it to the microns. I think because it behaves so much like a pencil--being sensitive to pressure. And like you said, I think a bit of psychology comes to play; it's easier to be loose when ballpoints are just meant for scribbling!

Dan Kent said...

I think you gave my comment more than justice - thank you very much for the effort! I am using a Micron pen right now - I love the thin line, but I do believe I want every line to be perfect - what to do? what to do?