Finally, maybe, kinda-sorta, the holiday season is behind us. Every year it’s the same. There’s the build-up to Christmas, with Christmas bringing the thought that the holidays are finally over.
But at our house it starts all over again because my daughter, my wife, and my wife’s mother all have birthdays during January. This year was extra-busy because it was my mother-in-law’s 100th birthday so Chantal’s been running around, buying out the stores in preparation for the party. That party was supposed to be going on RIGHT NOW, but lo and behold, the hospice facility where my mother-in-law is living right now just quarantined itself due to an outbreak of flu. The 100th anniversary party cancelled.
Otherwise things are returning to normal and I’m starting to do some sketching outside the house. I spent a couple sessions at the Grande Marche, quick-sketching people and its kiosks. Boy, do I need practice with quick-sketching. I’ve lost my knack for it almost completely. One has to do it regularly to be successful and my health problems got me out of sync with street sketching.
This scene was created by drawing people as they arrived at this kiosk, followed by drawing some of the kiosk clutter for background.
For this one the approach was a bit different because my goal was to draw the end of a long coffee shop so I started with the big shapes of the counters. A guy came along and stood while he poured milk and sugar into his coffee (from counter on the left) so I drew him and then went back to drawing all the “stuff” that was coffee shop.
I moved to a different location and found a condiment cart sitting next to a wall and decided to draw it. I always find it hard to “draw” all the little bits, trying to generate instead a series of textures to represent them. In the end I think the sketch was too small to worry about it. It was fun to get out with pen in hand. Did I mention that I need practice…lots of practice.