I bring my sketchbook with me every where that I go, and I try to do at least one sketch each time. Its been a great learning tool and It’s been easier and easier to get into the practice the past few months because I have someone to draw with. I’m very lucky that my girlfriend Amber is also an amazing artist and my best friend. And one of our favorite things to do is draw people together. Last night we were out at Rosa’s Cafe for the awesome Taco Tuesday, and we picked out this amazing character to both draw.
I forget though, just how out of sorts it can seem for people to draw in public. Normally I sit off to the side where no one really notices, but last night we were on the isle and dozens of people were walking past and whispering and coming back to talk to us. Lol. I still think drawing from life in public is one of the best ways to develop your craft. It does take experience though to get used to the attention it sometimes brings. I’ve drawn thousands of caricatures in my career, with all sorts of crowds, so I’ve learned to work a room. But if you’re just starting out, just remember that to most people anything more than a stick figure is something to be admired, so drawing, at whatever skill level you’re at is worth sharing. Just remember to smile and have fun.