Cafe life

People watching in cafes, mostly this year in Bath, but the last one’s from Istanbul a couple of years ago when I was using a marker pen. If you can get a good table a cafe’s a great winter sketching location; strong light sources, sheltered, fairly still subjects, and good coffee. I’ve been finding shoes tricky to get right; there’s something very odd about the angles of the sides of the soles…

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cloud15jan204cloud111Lots of media, including the inevitable Lexington grey, mostly A5 – various times

About Ed Mostly

Enthusiastic daily sketcher based in Bath Uk
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6 Responses to Cafe life

  1. Rowena says:

    I’d really like to have a go at sketching people in a cafe but wonder whether people would know I was drawing them (staring at them!). Do you have to be super discreet or do you find people don’t really notice? Should I wear sunglasses 😉

  2. Ed Mostly says:

    Ha! Discreet is good. I think sunglasses, artist’s beret, false beard etc will only draw attention… Usually I’m only glancing at people, then looking down to draw the line, and also working on several areas of the sketch at once, so avoiding staring anywhere in particular. Using a relatively small sketchbook, and a fountain pen helps as well. Good luck, Ed

  3. Chris says:

    I’m a big fan of Lexington grey and the way you use it. How about a focus on feet and shoes for your next post? They drive me mad, and can make or break a quick sketch I think.

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