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Friday, January 30, 2015

Odd characters, Fortitude Valley, by Elaine (jaguarish)

So I keep seeing fantastic sketchable people everywhere... but it's always as I'm walking through and can't stop! Arg! Yesterday I made more effort to capture some people.  First, a test run with my Noodler's brush pen.  I'm still trying to get the feel of it and so this is a pretty rough result.

Then on the train, on the way home, I was shocked to see that every single person was gazing intently at their mobile phone (it's not usually 100%) but they made perfect victims, er I mean subjects.  Unfortunately even then they still move or leave altogether so parts of each sketch are made from memory.

I've been thinking about this memory drawing business... and realised that my method is to mentally rehearse the lines I intend to draw.  I especially do this if committing a person to memory for later (like my previous post) but I also do it while in the middle of a sketch, anticipating the next bit I'm going to draw.  As a result, even if I've lost the original subject, I can still complete the drawing, albeit in slightly less realistic detail.  Just thought I'd mention it in case it's a helpful tip!

In the case of the above drawing, I did the standing man's upright arm (holding the loop) after he moved, and I also added a hint of his lower outline.  With the other fellow, I got too intrigued by the way his hair was ruffed and poking out between his fingers as he clutched his head.  I really regret I didn't first do a whole-body outline, because his posture was fascinating -- practically curled over his phone.  But I didn't "rehearse" that so I wasn't able to add it afterwards.


  1. I think these are great sketches from your outing Elaine. You are right, it is good to try and remember and visualize it before putting pen to paper.

  2. Elaine you did a great job capturing your fellow commuters. Memory drawing is important when sketching people who are subject to leaving without warning.


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