Back alleyPosted: August 13, 2012
I don’t often have requests for commissions but today I had two. The first one was from a lady who asked me to do some sketches of her son’s house so she can give them to him as a gift. The second one was from a guy who works in a restaurant that opens onto the alley I was painting in the Mile End district in Montreal. When he saw me drawing he asked if I would sketch him. Since I am always looking for people to draw I said, “Sure, come back when you are on break and I’ll do a sketch of you.” Not five minutes had passed when he popped back out, sidled up next to me, and told me that what he really wanted was a drawing of himself, naked, that he could hang on his wall. I suggested that he volunteer to model for a life drawing class. That way he would have 15 or 20 nude drawings of himself to choose from. Turns out he is too shy to do that. And teaches me that it is probably not a good idea to sit in a back alley with pencil in hand.