Monday, May 26, 2008

Sneaking in a sketch

I am so hungry to draw. Sometimes I feel as though I need to be able to just stop everything and just disappear and get absorbed into a painting or drawing. With all the sewing I have been doing my artwork has been ignored. Luckily for me, I had my little sketch book in my purse while I was sitting at the airport. This secretive drawing at the airport is almost a learned skill. Here is my airport sketching tips for you newbies.

  1. First you have to get out the sketch pad and open it without drawing much attention to yourself. Its a slow movement, keeping yours eyes down.

  2. Always have your pencil attached to your sketchbook as to not have to re dig in your purse.

  3. Slowly open the book, pretending to write something as if you were making a note to self.

  4. Glance around the room and see who might be watching you and who is totally absorbed in something where they won't move long enough for you to sketch them.

  5. Try to position the sketchbook in a place where the people sitting on your right and left can't see what you are doing.

  6. With your head kept down, glance up at your victim, oh sorry, subject. LOL Try to capture the shape and angle of your subjects head and/or body. Once you have the general shape you can now concentrate on one area at a time so you can remember it, draw it. Glance up again, repeat.

  7. Every once in awhile you can raise your head and look around the room as if you are just checking out the people in general. Then zero in on your subject again and take in a good long look. Sketch more. I like to make sure I don't have people watching me at this time.

  8. I like to draw people that don't know that they are being studied, if this doesn't work try doing some contour drawings as you stare them down. If they ask why you are staring at them show them your rendition of their face and I am sure people will stop asking. Enjoy.


Anita Davies said...

Nice sketches and some great tips...However, I tend to just grab my sketchbook and sketch these days, it's surprising but not many people bother you at all.

Africantapestry and Myfrenchkitchen said...

thanks for the great tips. I'm always stressed when drawing people in public, but I'm always happy that I stuck to it afterwards!
Great faces!

Melissa said...

I also love sketching at airports. It's also a great way to pass time during speeches and meetings that get long and tedious.

Melissa (Naturepainter)

Ai said...

Thanks for great tips. I remember not knowing what to do so I decide to sketch their lugages instead of their faces at the airport.

caseytoussaint said...

You describe the process beautifully!

Desiree said...

Thanks so much for stopping by, I have missed our daily time together. Melissa, I hope all is well with you. I was drawing people in church, and the pastor as he gave his sermans. I had to stop, first people were too close and thought I was coloring. Next I realized that I was so absorbed in my drawing that I didn't hear much of what he said. Writing a few of the important points as I drew helped but my husband was very uncomfortable with it so I am good now. I sit and listen while my mind thinks about the shape of his head and how far his eyes are apart!

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