Friday, August 25, 2006

Drawing Contact

I took a walk in my neighbourhood this afternoon, with the sole purpose of filling a spread in my Moleskine before I returned home. During this stroll I drew my first real-time live portrait of a bird - a hungry little jackdaw. He (or she?) was very disappointed by the fact that my drawing gear wasn´t eatable, but kept walking around in front of me. Just in case.

Drawing this I was approached by a young man who asked politely if I minded him looking, and it turned out he was an industrial designer from Mexico, here to visit the University of Arts, Crafts and Design - where I got my degree. We had a nice conversation about drawing habits. He was more of the marker type, making nice designs to show a prospective customer, while I´m more the Lamy Safari and watercolors type, drawing just because.

We talked for a little while, and then we parted, no big deal. But hey, isn´t that nice, though? Drawing is probably as contact generating as dogs or toddlers. Only without the little black plastic bags or diapers.

(Another piece of the filled spread is posted over at The Drawing Club.)

8 comments:

Hashi said...

Nice story ... and bird!

Bonny said...

Hi Nina;

That was a great story about meeting the designer from Mexico!
And congratulations on finally getting enough courage to draw J.J.'s. I'm still working on my public drawing shyness; it's harder than I thought to let go of inhibitions...
Both your drawings are really good, but I especially like the one of J.J.'s. Well done!

Mevrouw Walvis said...

What a nice story! I really like the lines and textures of your drawings, you manage to put a lot of feeling to each picture you show us.

Felicity said...

Nina, I feel really inspired by your experience of drawing in public. I'm resolving to make a better effort. I'm also surprised at your shyness when you have such talent! Beautiful illustrations as always!

Kate Johnson said...

I love all kinds of blackbirds, they are so curious and lively! Yours is wonderful, Nina...

Toni said...

I love your sketchbook style of drawing. How you write around your subject and all.

Jana Bouc said...

I love the drawing of the bird and the story too. How nice the bird stuck around and let you draw him. I'm happy you're back and posting again.

Alison said...

Lovely - you got the stance just right and the 'come on, I'm waiting' look.