Tuesday, February 23, 2010

tantrums and tea trays

Just a quick post. As you may know, I've recently been practicing drawing people, and, I finally plucked up the courage and went out of the house. I plucked up the courage and went out to draw people, that is. I found a quiet corner in a tearoom.

I felt quite concerned about the 'big boned' fella, above, perched on the tiny chair. I was more concerned for the chair, though.

The brat, I mean kid, below, was having a tantrum because the tearoom didn't have exactly what he wanted - despite them having more fabulous cakes than you could shake a stick at. In my day he would have got a good old clip around the ear hole.

How old am I exactly? 83 it seems.

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20 Comments:

Blogger PICCALILY & BLOSSOM said...

Cool venture, your sketches are lovely. Kids today hey!!

Thanks for the molezine and print they arrived today in the post. Just love them.

Sam

8:38 PM  
Blogger Alex said...

Definitely beautiful sketches here. A little different than your legendary cross-hatch drawings, and I really like the strong outlines of the characters, it grabs hold of attention really well.

8:41 PM  
Blogger Stephen Gardner said...

This is great practice Andrea, I love to see it. Please do more of these.

8:42 PM  
Blogger Kate (Cathy Johnson) said...

I love this! And GOOD FOR YOU, Andrea! It does take courage, but you mustered it well.

There are times when you long for the days of that clip, eh? We were once captive in a restaurant, along with everyone else there, by a child of an age to know better, having a HUGE tantrum that went on for the entire meal. I kept telling myself that perhaps she had an emotional problem! (She was sure giving US one!)

9:20 PM  
Blogger nanke's stuff said...

Bravo for screwing up your courage and drawing in public. Now that wasn't so bad, was it .... except for the tantrummy kid, that is. Your drawings are very well done. We all knew you could do it! nancy

1:05 AM  
Blogger Teri C said...

Hey, next thing you know you will be sketching in church!!!!!! LOL
Great job on the people.

1:43 AM  
Blogger Janene said...

Wonderful sketches, I especially like the sulking kid--the drawing of him that is...

3:02 AM  
Blogger debra morris said...

Great sketches Andrea, glad that you have plucked up the courage(can understand the feeling), looking forward to seeing more.

5:09 AM  
Blogger Felicity said...

Well done Andrea! God, I know how hard this is! :( Your sketches look relaxed, no sign of stress or nerves. Hmm, maybe kids having tantrums are the way to go - everyone more aware of them than anyone quietly sketching!

8:12 AM  
Blogger suzie said...

I take my hat off to you, these are wonderful! It takes something to be able to do quick sketches and infuse them with so much character.
You should have done society a favour a clipped his ear,yourself!

8:31 AM  
Blogger Barbara Weeks said...

Nicely done. Felicity is right. Maybe the tantrum provide a little cover for you!

I never understand why the parent or adult doesn't remove them from the room.

2:47 PM  
Blogger Kate (Cathy Johnson) said...

Great question, Barbara...in our case, the parents HAD to know that no one in the restaurant was having a relaxing meal! Still, this one did provide a distraction for Andrea. ;-)

3:48 PM  
Blogger raena said...

Yay, you did it! And wonderfully I might add!

6:13 PM  
Blogger Claudia Eckstein said...

I love your drawings, this outline drawings are so characteristic and cute!

10:30 PM  
Blogger andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

Thank you so much, folks.

I'm always a little reticent about posting this stuff. Because I feel out of my comfort zone, but I guess that's a good thing from time to time. Now I can go and cross hatch the hell out of something.

I must do more of this sort of stuff. I really enjoy it. I just wish I was invisable. That would be the perfect solution.

Cheers, my dears.

11:17 PM  
Blogger jyothisethu said...

heard that in olden times, artists every time went out, they used to carry the sketch book...
good idea...
your sketches are good...
this way we can practice sketching moods of people...
keep it up...

12:06 AM  
Blogger Artoholic said...

Yes I'm convinced that once you hit your 40's, you fast track it to your 80's in about 3 weeks flat. Witnessing children's birthday parties in fast food outlets speeds the process up even further.

I just love the swirly-i-ness of your linework.

Am melting in the 41C heat........

9:30 AM  
Blogger phthaloblu said...

Absolutely great sketches. Love the one of the sulking kid. Nice line work.

2:13 PM  
Blogger Cécile said...

Hi Andrea,
congratulations for daring to draw in public - drawing people is so difficult but it's such a nice way to make contact.
You've achieved so much since you first opened the blog, I can understand you want to start a new one for your project. You should definetly do so, and let a new chapter of your life begin.
Best wishes for the future!

3:34 PM  
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