So I spent 2 hours at Goodfields Eatery this morning and managed to sketch 24 people (and a coffee) in watercolour in 1 hour, and then spent the other hour doing some work (i’m trying not to think about how much work I have to get done this week!)
I’m very happy with what I achieved today. My 1 hour allowance for 20 people was about right. I want to do more than just floating heads this year, but I have the next four days to work on that.
I added a new skin-mix to my palette (I’ll share more about it later) and it worked great and meant less mixing time. The issue was more dirty palette and water as I was painting a lot of darks and greens as well. It might make sense to paint the skin tones for a few people and then return to paint the hair and clothing later as that would keep palette and water cleaner.
I felt super relaxed today doing these pages and was working at a nice calm pace (unlike my trial runs where I sketched at a crazy speed.) The wonderful thing about this cafe is that there are a lot of staff and they all know that I’m sketching people ie. them! They love to see my progress and guess who’s who on my page. We then have a good laugh! I feel free to sketch them, however they are constantly moving – making it rather challenging. But it takes a lot of pressure off sketching the patrons ie. I then only sketch other people when it feels safe to do so, when they won’t notice me sketching them.
Having willing subjects – the staff – makes this #oneweek100people2019 so much fun. I love sketching at Goodfields!
So my tip of the day, is don’t be afraid to show people your work if you get ‘caught’. And if you can find a cafe where the staff think it’s cool that you are sketching them, use this to your advantage this week!