Posing People Sketching

Stillman & Birn Alpha, Esterbrook J-2048

Stillman & Birn Alpha, Esterbrook J-2048

People are not my favorite subject.  Don’t get me wrong; I like people, though modern society causes me to question that regularly,  but what I mean is that I don’t like sketching people.  I do it because they’re everywhere and it’s good pointy device practice, something I need to do a lot.

Every year a local portrait group holds outdoor sessions where people get together to do quick portraits of each other and anyone they can entice from the park where it’s held.  I go because I like the people and the ambiance of the sessions, but prefer to draw whole people rather than floating heads.  This requires that I work pretty fast, faster than I’m comfortable doing.  Maybe that’s a good thing.  Here are a few of the ones I’ve done.

Stillman & Birn Alpha, Esterbrook J-2048

Stillman & Birn Alpha, Esterbrook J-2048

Stillman & Birn Alpha, Esterbrook J-2048

Stillman & Birn Alpha, Esterbrook J-2048

Summer Sketching On The Plains Of Abraham

The largest park in Quebec City is officially called Battlefield Park.  It’s just west of the “old city”, the walled part of Quebec City and it was named Battlefield Park because this is where the British climbed the cliffs and fought the French for control of the city in a famous battle.

But we locals still call it the Plains of Abraham because, well, that’s what it’s called.  Abraham was a farmer who farmed the land before the Brits came along and it’s not likely that we’ll start calling it Battlefield Park anytime soon.

On this day, however, we were there to sketch, near a large open area that has rollerblade and running circuits that measure, I think, a kilometer around.  I sat in the sun and made this sketch of what used to be the natural history museum before it was decided that we didn’t need one 🙁

Stillman & Birn Alpha (5.5c8.5), Platinum 3776

Stillman & Birn Alpha (5.5c8.5), Platinum 3776