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These are some drawings of people we traveled with or met on the trip. They’re character sketches, so don’t look exactly like the real people.

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At dinner people sort of sit in one place, but don’t pose. These are my composite impressions of people as they move and talk naturally. It’s a challenge to do quick sketches in ink (a Sakura Pigma Brush Pen), but also kind of fun. Most only took a few minutes.

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Then some I gave light watercolor washes for a little color. If you’re going to do this, first be sure your ink is waterproof (one reason I like the Sakaru pens) or fix the ink so it doesn’t run (unless that’s the effect you want).

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It might be fun to interpret these into fabric sometime later, like I did to this guy. Looking back to that post, I think my drawings are getting better after much practice!

6 Comments

  • funny, i was thinking the EXACT same thing about my sketchbooks this morning. I have a million finished and unfinished with ideas for a single project scattered throughout four or five books. I don’t know how to organize them. very frustrating.

  • Sorry but no, Gerrie, LOL. I can’t do portraits and when people try to pay me for something, it starts to feel like work!

    Now if you offered to buy me dinner at Fisherman’s Wharf, hmmm….

  • What fun! You have really got some wonderful characters there…… Looking forward to se the quilts.

    And you got it right – practice, practice, practice.

    When asking people if they can draw, most will say “no” and then if asked how often they draw, they will go: “I don’t, because I can’t! ;O)

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