They always come backPosted: January 23, 2014
It’s relatively easy to complete a drawing of a posed model. You keep on working while the model holds the gesture and at some point you are done. But if you are drawing people who aren’t posing, they can get up and leave at any moment, or at the very least, change their pose. My sketchbooks are filled with half-finished drawings. One valuable secret I learned at the Urban Sketchers Symposium in Santo Domingo a few years ago is that most people who are hanging around one place for a long time, seated or standing, will eventually come back to their original pose. Take the student I was drawing today. He was sitting at one table for a long time, then got up to chat with another group of friends at another table, and then eventually come back. The pose was never exactly the same but I was able to get enough information each time to complete the sketch. You’ll notice that the back of his shirt has lines going in all directions. That’s because he never put his arm over the bench again quite like that again but never mind. I got my drawing in.