Again a low output from Saturday morning.
The cafe was very busy, heaving in fact, and I was hemmed in on allsides by people, making it difficult to get a good view across the room. Also I think I got a bit too precious aboutthe drawings on this trip, waiting too long for people to sit still enough to draw. I guess the more of thesesketches I do, the more I want to see a progression in each batch, which won’t always happen, obviously. Thiswhole trip was marked by a feeling of frustration. Maybe I was just having an off day.
First drawing. Although he looks like he’s asleep, he was actually just reading a paper. I would rate this one fairto middling, and not a very good likeness. The drawing does have some character about it though I guess.
Although I was less than pleased with it at the time, it wasn’t a bad start. I think generally I’m getting theproportions of features and the placement of them on the face a bit better now. Although I only did this drawingyesterday morning, I can’t remember what the guy really looked like, which is a sure sign that this drawing doesn’tlook like him.
I’m even less happy with this one. I’d started a few by the time I got to this one, but either because people sat in myline of sight or because the subjects moved I couldn’t get them finished. I think I was trying too hard. I’ve noticedI’ve been spending longer on the drawings now, which isn’t always a good thing. Sometimes that can work out well, butonly if the person I’m drawing stays pretty still for a long time.
If I try to do every drawing like that, it becomes a problem. Some of them have to be done in a minute or two, lesssometimes, that’s just the way it is. I must remember that all I’m doing here is practicing. Every time I startcaring too much about the quality of the drawings I’m doing I get frustrated, and I learn less.
Although it was a busy day in the cafe, and that did present some problems, I think the real problem on this trip isthat I tightened up too much, trying to produce ever better drawings than the last trip. These drawings have to be donequickly, and without too much concern over the results, because there just isn’t time to be trying to produce portraits.
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