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Sketching People Standing in Line

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Sketching People Standing in Line

In my efforts to improve my sketching of people and in indoor spaces, I have discovered the perfect setting: crowded cafes. People standing, moving only slightly, while looking at their phone are probably my ideal subject. The pro of having someone looking at their phone means that they don’t notice me sketching them. Also, the diverse number of people that I get to sketch makes this exercise exciting and keeps me on my toes.

I think the most exciting part about this time of year is seeing the wide range of winter garments people wear. Short wool pea coats, long puffy down coats, fleece jackets, patterned scarves, beanies, all make for interesting silhouettes.

I am happy to say that my hands, fingers, and feet did not freeze. The warm, music filled, coffee aroma in the air makes for a very comfortable drawing environment, especially when it is so cold outside. Also, getting to hear some of the most ridiculous coffee/drink orders and baristas struggling to read and pronounce people’s names are probably the highlights of my day.

While the Suzzallo Starbucks isn’t the best spot on campus for a quick cup of coffee. For the aspiring artist seeking to improve their people drawing skills, it couldn’t be better.

Until the next sketch,

Reach The Campus Sketcher Eli Pasco at

Instagram: @the_campus_sketcher

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