Twelve Cafe Drawings
Actually they're not all strictly cafe drawings this time, since one was done on the train, one on the tube (Bakerloo line,) and one in the Hammersmith Apollo.
Still, any practice is good practice. I'm beginning to look at the cafe sketches as my guarantee that I won't become 'studio-bound' by learning academic drawing techniques.
The next trip was back to old favourite, the Cafe Nero. Thankfully they haven't made it no smoking yet.
I had a good time on this trip, and I got to draw someone, this guy here, that I've wanted to draw for a while but not had a chance. Old people are interesting to draw, I'm happy to report I got a fairly good likeness of him here.
I think it'll be a good idea to go back to basics with these drawings for a while, and concentrate on using them as fast eye training, forget about making nice drawings and make sure the basics are right first. There are so many interesting avenues to explore with drawing, it can be easy to let your eye stray onto interesting details and miss the big picture. I think that's what I've been doing lately.
21st May 2006