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Sketching People In A Cafe

Sketching people in a cafe

The sketching workshop in San Rafael yesterday focussed on people. After a refresher on basic proportions of the human head and body, we warmed up by drawing from photos, then went to the Aroma Cafe for practice “in the wild.”

The blue and green couple, above, was created by a new student with no prior experience. I did add some finishing touches, using an indigo colored pencil.

That big guy with the beard and curly pony tail was an attractive subject for several of us. Here’s my version, in purple and gold.

bearded guy-computer

Sketching people without their knowledge is a skill worth developing. Find an advantageous point of view at just the right distance. Work very fast to lay out the basic “line of action” of the pose (Thanks to Suhita Shrodkar for that term). People sitting by themselves are likely to move around less than folks who are sitting together. Hand gestures while talking are a challenge. You can choose one position and draw it from memory, or make the moving hand deliberately out of focus.

man with sunglassesThis fellow was waving his right hand around quite a bit as he talked. A collaboration between me and a student ended up with a closed hand held up to his face.

Another collaboration, below, shows a man with white hair seated against a black background. Using that dark area for contrast made the white hair stand out nicely.

white haired man

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