When I started carrying around my sketchbook a bit over a year ago, I was pretty shy about openly sketching people. As a result, many of my sketches were of people’s backs. Although I’m still sketching lots of backs, I’m proud that I now have a better sense of proportion and the hand-eye coordination to quickly lay out a complete figure in my sketchbook.
Even better, this week when I started sketching a lady sitting directly across from me on the subway (see below), I was aware that she might know that she was being sketched. But even better was that as I lost myself in doing this sketch, I didn’t realize that the gentleman next to me was watching the sketch unfold. As he got up to leave the train he turned to me and said, “You’ve really got her down!”
(Needless to say, I was tickled pink!)