I always think that as long as I come away from a day trip or sketchcrawl or Dr Sketchy or any sort of drawing event or opportunity with one 'good' drawing, or, at least, one drawing that I like, then I'm happy with that. That's all I ask for. Just a memento of the day.
By the time I was leaving London last week I still had nothing, apart from a few prosaic, pretty average drawings of people on the train there, and it was getting dark. I'd gone to the city with a drawing in mind. There's a sculpture I wanted to see and I'd packed the yellow and orange pens especially for it. But, our time there went so quickly that I didn't even get to see or draw it. But, that's okay, that's another trip
.I didn't want to leave though, not without something, a souvenir, to take home. So, just before I caught my train back, I dived into a café on the corner of Tottenham Court Road for a cuppa and a draw.
I missed my next train home. So, I had an extra hour to spend drawing the souvenir shop on the opposite corner. I got another cuppa.
Is it a 'good' drawing? Do I like it? Not really. It's alright. Ish. But, I feel like that about a lot of my work. I need to close the book and put it away for a while. I almost always feel differently with time between it. Who knows, I might even like my souvenir from London in a few months time. Right now I doubt it, but you never know.
And here's a couple of prosaic, pretty average sketches of people on the train...
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I don't comment here much, but I've liked your drawings. The style and texture and attention to detail.
The above drawing strikes a discordant note at first glace, as though something had stained the middle of the page, which maybe be part of your dissatisfaction with it. I don't know. But once I saw what I was looking at, I really liked the way you used the yellow to capture the glow of the lights from the inside of the shop as seen from the street. Really nice.
I love your drawing from Tottenham Court Road! It's quite melancholy in a way.
I love your souvenir shop sketch... much more than all right in my book! :-) The yellow makes the shop look like an inviting haven... like it should be emanating from a book store or coffee shop.
What's not to like about this drawing?
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