Two Years in the Making…

This morning I was supposed to be the sketch artist for a local murder trial. But after we waited all morning, the judge announced that the trial had been postponed. So before leaving downtown St. Paul I decided to grab some lunch and sketch some of the local city life. It was wonderful! It’s been a long time since I got out of my studio to sketch just for fun. I also realized my life drawing skills are getting pretty rusty. I need to draw from life more often, it’s great exercise! Usually you only have a minute or two before the subject shifts position or walks away. It forces you to be fast and accurate.

As I sketched, suddenly I realized I only had six blank pages left in my sketchbook! At any given time I have about 5 or 6 different sketchbooks going, so it’s a big deal when I finally finish one off. The sketch on page 1 is dated 12/13/03, so it took me almost two years to sketch 192 pages. Hopefully I’ve improved.

Below are some of the sketches I did today. (The waitress must have liked them, she brought me free french fries!) Another sketchbook completed!