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    People looking over your shoulder as you draw

    So sometimes when I draw in public places on ocasion people will creep up behind me and look at whatever I'm drawing. This annoys the hell out of me. I know they're showing interest which is nice, but it's really annoying when someone just walks up and stands over my shoulder uninvited. So a few days ago I was drawing nude women doing some (ahem) provacticve things, I'm not really around anybody, and then this woman creeps up behind me to see what I'm drawing and she gets angry at me, starts yelling, and is like "That's awful! Why would you draw that? Why don't you draw something decent?" I'm like what the hell? I never planned for you to just stand behind me and stare. Go away.

    Ugh...
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    People do it at school a lot. I get a lot of unnecessary ass pats, get told I'm 'talented', etc.

    I know they don't know any better, but I get pretty rattled and just quit whatever I'm working on.
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    I get a bit thrown off when people do it. At a school, it's a little easier to take but out in the general public? Can't say I like it.

    I don't mind people showing interest, it's just a little distracting though. Also I suddenly get self-conscious.
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    You did tell her to fuck off did you?
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    that's awesome. You should've drawn something truly horrendous like a fly headed man eating babies. She'll never bother another artist again.

    Now that I think about it, I wonder if this is why so many people shy away when they see me painting/drawing outside. All I'm doing is landscapes, but some people react as if it were a fly headed man eating babies...
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    Haha, you should have started to draw that woman!
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    It doesn't really both me, except when they stay for too long. A quick "oh what are you drawing?" glance is fine but after a while it just makes you feel uncomfortable about making any mistakes.

    Also I hate people that feel the need to give me advice on how to "improve" what I'm drawing. Perfect example: the other day I was sketching this scene for a school project of a dude fighting a zombie and one of the dudes in my class was like "dude you should like draw the guy with the gun with like this huge armor with spikes and stuff and have like a bunch of blood on the zombie and having him go all 'raaaaargh!' and stuff and like holding a severed head or something" to which I reply "heh yeah maybe" all the while thinking "what are you fuckin' twelve?"

    As for the woman, you should have drawn her on top of a huge pedestal looking down on people since apparently that's how she views herself
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    No way . Should have turned and scrawled her bending over, naked or somesuch .

    Nah, i don't draw anything provocative in public, really. Faces, gestures and drawing contours of people around me usually is what i draw in public in my traveling sketchbook. But then again, i have trouble truly focusing if i'm not in my haven with proper stimuli.
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    you can always just 'not' draw in public....-_-
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    I don't like it when people do that either, I think it's pretty rude. If they are interested in art and want to see I'd prefer if they asked to see, or asked if they could watch as I draw. It's a little like standing behind someone who is writing a letter or a diary and reading along, it's bad etiquette. A sketchbook is something personal, what goes in there isn't necessarily the kind of art that is for display, and I don't just mean subject wise.


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    Quote Originally Posted by R a n d i s View Post
    Why do you draw nudes in public?
    I was wondering about that too.

    Nudist beach?
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    And you see, this is why it's great to be a New Yorker. Nobody ever bothers me on the bus while I'm sketching, despite what I usually wind up doodling: nudes, guro, overly graphic 'War is Hell' imagery, and stuff like that.
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