Monday, 12 October 2015

195. Book Club

Lamy Safari fountain pen and Neocolour II wax pastels
in Stillman & Birn Alpha Sketchbook, 8.5" x 5.5"

I spotted this dear gentleman in the train as we were waiting for the train doors to open on the station and, in a flash, knew I needed to sketch him so when the doors opened I dashed to the table diagonally opposite him. He had obviously just purchased this book and was totally engrossed in it so, for the first twenty minutes of the journey, I was able to observe and sketch unnoticed by anyone (even my husband wasn't looking).

A couple of times when I'd nearly finished sketching, the man looked at me with vague curiosity but I just gazed down the centre aisle until he was lost in his book again. By the way, this is a 'Weymann' (it's from the 1940s):

6 comments:

  1. I can see why that gentleman would be interested in the book. What a history that bus must have! Your sketch is wonderful. Thanks for the peek at your personal note in your sketchbook! Great idea.

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    1. Thank you, Chris. I agree; seeing that took me all the way back to my childhood as I took a narrow bus like that to school in the late 60s and 70s.

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  2. Its great to hear how you planned the sketch and then went for it!! Love the sketch!!

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    1. LOL, Azra; yes, rather devious of me!

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  3. Came over from Chris's blog. She is right...your sketches are great. I really love his hand and the thought that you could manage to do that on a very wobbly train, impresses the heck out of me!

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    1. Thank you for commenting, Julie. Everything was interesting about this man including his little head movements and the way he smiled periodically at what he was reading - as though it was bringing back memories...

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