Fourty-eight fast faces

First twenty-nine drivers, sketched from the passenger seat while overtaking on the motorway. Their faces were only glimpsed in passing, so I had to quickly memorise the key lines, but they were always in full profile which helped simplify things!


Then nineteen pedestrian bargain-hunters, seen while I sat outside a cafe in Bath. With these faces I usually had the luxury of several seconds as they walked past, so one or two even look like their subject… For both collections the key lines were drawn with the inevitable brush-pen (this time the #40 with longer sable tip), with shading and colour added later. I’ve learnt that noses often just need the shadow below them, and that I need to tone down the lower lip shadows that appear on all the faces, they’ve become a habit!

latedec1Lexington grey in Kuretake #40 brush-pen and water-brush, water-colour, A5 – about 1 minute per face?

About Ed Mostly

Enthusiastic daily sketcher based in Bath Uk
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2 Responses to Fourty-eight fast faces

  1. miatagrrl says:

    Excellent — I love these! I really enjoy making sketches like this, too — cafe windows are ideal for this. By the way, I want to thank you for mentioning the book, People of the 21st Century, a while back. I requested it of Santa, and now I have some fun images to sketch from on all the wet, cold days ahead.


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