I’ve been doing urban sketching or plein air sketches from my past post.
I sketch mostly buildings and structures.
Today I am trying out a different way of doing my usual sketch routine.
I’ll be sketching people.
And instead of doing one subject per paper (like I usually do), this time I’ll do all the sketches in one paper.
It’s a sort of experiment, on whether this looks good at the end or not.
(If you want to see the output directly, you can directly scroll down to the buttom.)
Before I start, here are my materials.
First, I have a small bag.
In it contains one sheet of A4 paper. Folded in half so that it fits in my small bag.
Next, 3 pens and 1 pencil.
Although they are all in my bag, but in this project I only need 2 pens. A 0.2 pen and a 0.7 pen.
I use Rotring 0.2 technical pen and a Unipen disposable 0.7 pen.
But any pen will do. No need for a pencil (at least for me).
And finally, watercolor with brush plus a small portable bottle of water.
With the portability of materials I have, I can sketch every time I’m eating my meal.
Targetting those people around me. Observing them like a sniper.
The first one is in Jollibee, Cebu Business Park.
This Jollibee branch has a tables and chairs outside.
This girl is enjoying her cup of whatever-drink together with the beautiful scenery.
Next is in Foodcourt, SM Cebu.
I couldv’e drawn the girl in front of me, but the target is so near to my location, just a table away.
It would be weird if she caught me staring at her.
So I decided to choose another target: this guy.
He has a companion but left him. (Maybe she just went out to buy another food.)
He looks depressed in the drawing, and it as though he’s drinking wine or something.
Also notice I drew the cup and the plate? That’s also part of the expirement.
I am trying to do plein air sketching with a mix of visual journaling.
That drinking cup and plate is the one infront me. Not really part of the guy-scene.
With two scenes being drawn, I am doing it in a horizontal left to right sequence.
I’ll try a random arrangement next time. I think it would be interesting. But for now, let’s stick to this sequence.
I also realized that I wasn’t able to take photo of my subjects (the urbansketchers way).
So I have to take photo on my next sketch as proof.
The third is the old guy. Same Jollibee location with the first one. Only this time, it’s from the inside.
This old guy eats breakfast, like, almost every day. Ooops, yes all of us eat breakfast everyday. What I mean is this guy always have breakfast in this location. Same place, same chair, same position.
By the way, I already featured him in my previous article (The Old Guy In Cebu Business Park) .
Next is the chubby girl.
I was on the canteen (company’s cafeteria) and this person is keenly watching a show in the LED TV.
(Our canteen has a mounted LED TV that was placed closely to the ceiling.)
I like the way she direct her head in a diagonal position. That’s the reason why I sketch this subject.
Still on the same day, I went with my office mate on a certain restaurant for lunch.
And I drew this cashier lady who stood straight in the cashier.
It gets awkward when she saw me staring at her face back and forth. She must have thought that I like her.
I quickly finish my sketch and stopped. It’s getting uncomfortable already.
The sketch below is a girl with exposed waist.
With pizza and spaghetti for visual journaling.
Photographing them (the urbansketchers way) making sure I won’t be caught this time.
Still in Greenwich. This middle-aged woman is talking to her companion.
I was able to make two sketches today in Greenwich. Maybe I was “in the zone” at that time? Or is it because it took time for our orders to arrive?
With little space left on my half-folder A4, I started to cram the remaining sketch.
It’s not anymore from left to right on the third row because I am now looking for the right place with enough drawing space.
This one is in Bonchon, Ayala, Cebu. He got an interesting hair with a cap on it.
I don’t know why but the image of Super Mario pops in my mind when I did my sketch.
(Or that toothless kid from Stranger Things.)
The remaining sketches are from Jollibee (Mandaue branch).
I made an early breakfast at that time and thought of filling up my paper to finish this project.
This young couple chit-chating:
And this guy with a military aura sitting a few tables away:
And this Jollibee crew with her cleaning gadget on her waist.
The spray looks like a gun in her waist.
And this is the overall output:
I think this is a successful experiment. I like the final output. I’ll be doing more of this next time.
See you on my next post.