I just visited Milwaukee,
Where the men were stocky.
Running around Manhattan,
Most people rarely fatten.
I do have real friends, actually, but sometimes it’s just as fun to take myself out to a cafe with my sketchbook for some people watching and cartoon friend creation.
Case in point, this past weekend I walked to the Upper West Side Maison Kayser…
And ordered a cafe latte and a slice of flour-less chocolate cake.
It was a hopping time to be at Maison Kayser, so I had fun picking subjects to sketch. A party of four arrived at the table across from mine a short time after I sat down. I captured one of the gentlemen in the group perusing the menu…as you can see, people tend to look happy when they’re reading the menu at Maison Kayser…
And I could imagine him thinking…
Oh dear, oh my, what to choose?
Everything’s good, so there’s nothing to lose.
My belly has room for dessert, of course,
Too bad the sugar will cause remorse.
Is without a doubt,
The best course of action,
If you want a distraction.
This face tells a tale,
Of a curious male.
One side is sad,
The other side’s glad!
Her expression was sour,
For an early hour.
But her hat caught my eye,
So I sketched on the sly.
There was nothing slapdash
About his mustache.
He was styled to perfection.
Yes, these days my “peeps” – or the people I’m drawn to sketch – are the ones with unusual expressions and, often, quirky outfits. Don’t get me wrong; I’ll still admire the rare specimen with the perfectly proportioned face, luminescent skin, elegant figure, and beautiful clothes. But artistically speaking, it’s the humanity in the rest of us mortals that catches my attention and inspires me. (Not to mention that there is charm and often humor in that which is unique.)