itseasyreally asked: Hey! This is kind of a dumb question, but uh, I'm gonna ask it anyway. |D You mentioned something about drawing from life (and I really adore the ferry sketches you had up!), and I was wondering if there's a way to do this without looking like a... stalker? Or--I don't know, I always feel really self-conscious when I try to sketch someone in a coffeeshop or wherever, so I mostly end up only drawing the backs of people's heads.
Totally! Just use your peripherals. Or look for people who are engrossed in a book, or a laptop screen/iphone etc. Most people won’t notice at all, and if they do, just smile sheepishly and show them your drawing. On the few occasions I’ve done that, most people were pretty flattered and wanted to know more about me and what I do. I’ve met some pretty cool people that way! I think the worst thing that ever happened when drawing someone was that the person noticed me staring and walked away, and that happened maybe once out of hundreds of times. Go out there and sketch! 99% of people are delightful.
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