Coffee shop moments

coffee shop moment

I’m really not very good at figures but it’s something I always like to try when sitting for a few moments in a certain coffee shop or similar.

Usually I take the easy option and sketch a figure from behind so I don’t get hung up about facial features or worry about getting a likeness. For me the fun is to try and capture a moment and create a memory, and if I can include a little of the surroundings, so much the better.

Here I drew with a Zig millennium fibre tip pen and then washed in some Winsor and Newton Paynes Grey watercolour, but you could achieve the same effect with water soluble ink and a damp brush.

There is the added excitement of not being sure whether the figure will still be there when you next look up from your sketchbook or whether you have to finish it from memory !

2 thoughts on “Coffee shop moments

  1. I like the anonymity of this scene. I love the tonal colour, gives it an atmospheric quality. I can almost hear the gentlemhubub of the room, tinkling of cups and machinery dispensing coffee, and a quiet hum if conversation. Yet I look again and sense a somber silence and solitary-ness. So much to feel from this sketch, depending on how you look and, maybe, how you are feeling when you look or look again!

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