Two different Starbucks!

We have a sailboat in Portland.  So get to escape from our small town to the marina.  There are two Starbucks near the marina.  A sit down location and one that is near the checkout inside a Target store.

ManThere was not a lot of people in the sit down location and most were men working on their computers.  I have taken to writing lots of notes on my sketches.   One way of keeping record of the material I use and my progress.

facesI got bored very quickly so sketched a selection of faces in the coffee shop


These were all done with a Pentel Pocket Brush Pen in a Studio Cachet sketchbook.  This is the sketchbook with lightweight paper.  I need to move back to a mixed media sketchbook to add color.  Click on any image for a closer look.


I moved back to an extra fine nib on a Platinum carbon pen for the these two sketches.


Looking for someone to draw!

I live about 10 miles from the library and the nearest coffee shop.  We mostly have ducks, geese, goats and cows in town.

Sometimes you have to look in the next room to find a person to draw.  I found myself in the bedroom!  I have yet to discover how to hold a smile while looking in the mirror!  There is also some distortion with that front leg.  At least I hope so.


I found my husband reading his Kindle and watching our favorite show Newsroom.  He does have feet.  This is what happens when you don’t do a quick check of proportions before starting a  drawing.  No hatching this time.  I used a waterbrush loaded with diluted Noodlers Lexington Gray ink and a Pentel water-soluble brush pen.

DWIGHTWEBWe are having a debate at home about my husband’s hand.  He is not deformed. One hand is tucked under.

Close of Workshop – Drawing Live Subjects in Public

Roz Stendahl’s online workshop closes tomorrow.  Two new sessions were posted each week with accompanying videos and follow up memos.  I already had a daily sketching habit before I started the workshop. However it felt like I had a daily sketching habit with no purpose.  Now I have a daily sketching habit with purpose.  The insight and support from Roz Stendahl and the participants throughout the workshop was invaluable.

Now I find myself grabbing my sketchbook at anytime and anywhere.  My sketchbook is not hidden and I have learned to evaluate all of my sketches to see what I need to focus on to improve my skills.   Sketching live subjects in public is not for the faint at heart. It is different then sketching live subjects in a studio.  Although you don’t need a lot of supplies to do it.  It does require a little planning to ensure you have what you need and a back up plan should you have problems with the media you chose to work with when sketching in public.

I went sketching yesterday for approximately 90 minutes. I was in a rush to leave and left my sketching hat at home.  Wearing a hat makes a difference.  Your eyes can hide under a hat (so it seems!) and if you are in the sun it will shade your eyes. I felt somewhat naked without my sketching hat!  The first stop was the public library.  I was disappointed the first time I went there a few months back.  That may have been because I was hiding.  This time I found the public reading area.  They had a nice  sofa and chair and a  small table and chair to the side.  I elected the small table and chair.  It  gave me a great view of the people in the reading area.  I was nervous, the people were close and because it was a library and I am somewhat of a klutz.  I tried not to make a noise as I pulled out my sketchbook and supplies to put on the table.  I did have a library book on the table so it looked like I was taking notes.

I immediately rushed through with my sketches.  Then I discovered no one was moving and no one was coming in to take their place.  I had time!  Time to go back to my sketches and work on them a little more.  I did not set up my watercolor palette.  Not sure you can do that in the library.  That is an area I need to work on…painting in public.

These are two  sketches from the library.


I left the library to get a coffee at Starbucks  inside the local Safeway store and to sketch some more.  It was lunch time so  I think I completed about five pages of sketches.  This is one of my favorites.  Two different sketches on the one page.  That requires a little thought perhaps a frame around each person or maybe a colored background. Next time!

I am not using my Strathmore mixed media sketchbook.  I am using a spiral Studio Cachet sketchbook by Daler Rowner.  The paper is light.   So much so that I am only using one side of the page for scanning purposes.  However, the sketchbook has a solid cardboard cover and elastic to keep it closed when not in use.  Suited for dry media.  It has lots of pages which seem to be filling up fast.

SafewayHere is a peek at the Sketchbook!

IMG_3501This may be the longest blog posting!  Next time there will be less words! Thanks for looking.

My kind of people!

Today I went sketching for a little over an hour at the Saturday market.  This was part of my homework block for Roz Stendahl’s  workshop.  Just one more week of the workshop.  It really has been time consuming but so good and without a doubt one of the best workshops I have attended live or online.

These are my kind of sketches.  My kind of people. The first are gesture sketches with the Pentel Pocket brush.ScanYou can see the transition from the brush pen to fountain pen with water soluble ink on this page.

M9This page is gestures and contours with a Platinum Carbon Pen with EF nib.


I got tired of capturing the back of people so turned my eyes to people sitting at the market.  This should have made things easier however I found an endless string of people stopping and standing in front of the person I was sketching. Still this is just a part of sketching people in a busy location.

m5After a while I changed location and found more backs of people and some sides.  Click on the imagine to see a close up.


One final sketch.  One thing is missing..COLOR.  I am so missing adding color. That is next!