This man was having a little nap while his wife was visiting the doctor this morning. I wasn’t there to witness her waking him up when she was done, but he was overheard saying, “Two hot dogs and fries.” I guess he was dreaming of lunch.


16 Comments on “Dreaming”

  1. Linda Daily says:

    This is so touching.I had a wonderful art teacher for summer workshops when I was in high school.He always told us that older faces were much more interesting than young ones. Now that I am older than he was then I agree! The lunch order sounds good,too!

    • So true Linda. I was thinking exactly that when I was drawing him. So many lines, pock marks, the beard. And especially the deep ruts above his eyebrows and in his cheeks. He was such a good model too. No movement at all.

  2. Anne H says:

    Waiting rooms can be a great place to sketch people – good job!

  3. Monique says:

    Waiting rooms make me sad actually……Once you are in the medical system for issues..life never looks the same..
    It is a good capture and many partners do fall asleep..even patients..
    But when you consider some leave in the dark wee hours of the morning to get to hospitals for their appointments..
    It’s not out of the ordinary..

  4. Have you ever been “caught” by the person you were sketching? I can’t imagine that you get away with it every time. Don’t people notice if you keep looking up intently and then looking down quickly scribling down details?

    Great sketch by the way.

    • I am sometimes caught by the person I am drawing. Usually I show them the drawing and they smile. Sometimes I pretend I am writing. In the case of this guy he was really sleeping so there was no chance of him waking and that was why I was able to get that much detail. Yes, usually people know what I am doing.

  5. Monique says:

    Costco fries:-) or Sauve’s:-)
    No..I don’t work there..was a realtor for almost 30 years…

  6. I love little sketches like this, and yeah; there’s always the “what if the person wakes up and sees me sketching them” factor.

    • That must happen to you a lot on the metro Jason. You are always drawing people. How do you deal with that?

      • I try to be as inconspicuous as possible. It also helps that people on the train in the morning are so absolved into their smartphones, tablets, and books, that they pretty much don’t notice, and I’ve developed techniques to avoid detection (such as looking around and pretending to be sketching something else if a person spots me or merely lift my pen off the paper just enough and move it around in a writing motion instead of a drawing motion). In the evenings, everybody on the train is a zombie after being blown out by a day slugging it out in Washington, DC, that I could pretty much set up a canvas right in front of them and do a portrait in oils, and they wouldn’t even know!

  7. Lee Kline says:

    I just knew you would get a lot of feedback on that drawing. I have been caught drawing people and have never encounter anyone who was anything but interested and flattered. Although I did get kicked out of a market in Merida, Mexico many years ago for drawing a man’s grandfather who was sleeping.

    • That’s pretty funny Lee. Mostly people are nice, I agree. I did get yelled at by a woman in Santo Domingo, but I think it was because she is a colourful street character and she probably wanted money to be sketched. A bit like the woman with the big cigar in Havana. Oh, wait, you Americans can’t go to Cuba!!

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