Cafe Sketches - 24th April 2006
I think this is the first time I've been anywhere apart from the Cafe Nero with a sketchpad. Michelle managed to coax me out to go and see Jose Gonzalez. He was good but the venue was too big.
The first drawing I did on the train in to Waterloo from Epsom, this guy was sitting opposite me. I didn't get all that long with him, he was only on for a couple of stops. Also he was only four feet away and facing me which put me on edge bit. I'm pretty sure he realised I was drawing him.
This is quite an amusing drawing, mainly because it's so bad. It doesn't bear the slightest resemblance to the guy I was drawing. In my defense though I was on the tube, and it was rocking about like hell. It was all I could do to keep the pencil on the paper.
The picture is a bit blurred of this one, I'm in the Apollo now. He was sitting across from me on my right, a couple of rows down. I could tell he was one of those people who wasn't going to move much so he seemed like a pretty good bet for a drawing.
It's ironic that this photo is blurred because the lighting in the place was very low and it was hard to make out any distinct shapes.
At least I got some drawings out of the trip into town, even if the conditions were less than favourable. Drawing down the cafe is much nicer, I don't think I'll make a point of trying this again.