Sketchbook update

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I have decided not to sketch too often on the train. With a few exceptions (the couple above, children with large stuffed tigers returning from the Ekka) everyone looks bleak and blank.

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At least in the arcade (above right) they walk with purpose and coffee, while at crosswalks the waiting is a very temporary thing.

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I have several favourites from the page above. The cafe where I was sketching is near a police station, and the girl in blue had wonderful shoes, but the small person in a striped cardigan running across the road with the hotel trolley still makes me smile.

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In other news, I am getting through this week by concentrating only on what is absolutely necessary (and occasionally the guitar): work, a job-associated project, translation, vector graphics for a comic (worse than the knitting) and walking my sister’s long-suffering dog. On Friday night, I am allowed to look at the Worldcon schedule, and find a place to sleep for the last two nights in Melbourne. I have a good book for the train, however, and Red Vegetable Soup that is thick enough to stand the spoon up in, I have learned the chords for Alan Bell’s “Windmills” (admittedly not complicated) and politics is interesting.

5 thoughts on “Sketchbook update

  1. This is definitely a great way to practice sketching people from different angles and with different poses. Love the style of your doodles, and it’s awesome that you could draw in a moving vehicle! :)

  2. I think I like the same three drawings you mentioned – wonder what it’d be like to ride one of those hotel trolleys down a hill!

    How did you learn to play guitar? I’ve been wondering how feasible it would be to self-teach.

    • Thrilling, but with an abrupt stop.

      I learned guitar first by 2-way radio (the Flying Doctor radio we used for school), then taught myself a bit, had a teacher for about a year who inculcated an appreciation for the maths behind the chords if no retention of the chords themselves, and then put it aside for quite a while. A friend just encouraged me to start again, but I think I’m better suited to sing accompaniment.

      • The reason I asked is because I *have* been thinking about this system: Fretlight

        But I am not much of a musician and have more going on now than I need, so probably I’ll wait a while on this.

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