Friday, February 29, 2008

Café sketch


Went to a café yesterday, and did a rather quick sketch in ink while sipping a cappuccino. I did the watercolours when I got home, trying to convey the difference between the warm light inside the café and the colder light outside the windows. I think they look a bit too much the same, but I didn´t dare to lay down more layers of colour on this, since I think some of the dark areas are beginning to go numb.

People always look a bit wonky when I do sketches like this one, because I don´t dare to stare at them for too long when I´m so close to them. I kind of guess where the lines go half the time. I´m longing for summer when it´s easier to go out and draw outside, when you don´t have to sit right next to your subject...

16 x 11 cm, Lamy Safari with Noodler´s Lexington gray ink, and watercolours on Arches hot press watercolour paper.

9 comments:

Jason Das said...

Really nice, Nina! I've been doing a lot of café sketching recently, too ... and I'm also looking forward to warmer weather and more options for places and vantage points.

seesue said...

YOur colour choices are bRILLiANT! and your brought a smile with your 'numb' comment.

andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

Wow, stunning. The colour (and lack of)is amazing.

Just because said...

If this is your quick sketch, I'd love to see the ones you spend a lot of time with! This is really inspiring. I hope to be able to sketch like this soon.

Mark

pascal said...

It´s a pretty good drawing!

Yellow said...

Don't take this as an insult - I wouldn't be surprised if I saw this image illustrating a national magazine article on cafe life in the UK. You've really captured the scene, without trying to be 'clever' or contrived. Lovely.

mARTa said...

I think this very successful in depicting the ambiance of the cafe. You do such lovely work Nina.

Alison said...

It's so effective, leaving the people white like this.

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