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    I'm not a stalker.....Honest!!

    Hehe, I went to the airport today to pick up my mum, and as I was waiting with my dad and sisters, I drew this guy here:



    Question: How do you draw people in public without making them notice or feel intimidated? If anything, *I* feel more self-concious drawing them!

    Share ye secrets

    PS: Soz if someone's already asked this - the Search button isn't working for me for some reason.

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    theres nothing wrong with intimidating people
    if he looks up at you just say WHAT

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    heh..i do this with the neighborhood bums. they're kinda "out of it" anyway. Waaaaaaaayy out.

    I'm drawing a blankin my sketchbook, that is

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    I often draw people in the train, it's fun and good practice. I try not to stare at people too much, just take in the stuff I want to draw then do it. Most of my train stuff is straight up ink and I usually only havea few minutes to do em, so I haveta pay atention not to fog it up. On the other hand, I don't mind if they notice and I don't act suspicious while drawing them (not too much ). Also, it's extra fun if your subject is a cute girl (or guy):



    You can see the start of her email adress there .

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    you drew her on the train and got her email! you stalker!

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    my sb is full of people i drew at the mall. Hell yeah its akward when they look up and see you staring. its gotta be worse for them, because they know that they're now the focus of your studies, and they'll be real self concious about how they act, and what they do. I just keep on sketchin like nothings different.

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    Floris just taught us the moral of this thread- sketch cute gals and get emails! Simple as.
    Note- you might want to get as good as Floris at first

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    Quote Originally Posted by Floris Didden
    ...You can see the start of her email adress there .
    Haha, I take it she spotted you? =P

    my sb is full of people i drew at the mall. Hell yeah its akward when they look up and see you staring. its gotta be worse for them, because they know that they're now the focus of your studies, and they'll be real self concious about how they act, and what they do. I just keep on sketchin like nothings different.
    Fair enough...I still feel bad for them though. Maybe I think about it too much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quicksilver
    Haha, I take it she spotted you? =P
    She never noticed a thing, showed it to her when I was done 8).

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    I used to feel REALLY nervous about this, for example I would take everything with me find a good spot then when time to draw came i would freeze up and go back home. I took a couple life drawing classes and it started to become really easy and fun. Plus, if they have a problem with you drawing them then they're just looking for trouble cause it's NOT at all like taking photos of random people. Other then that Floris Didden had the best advice, look quickly and make connections in your head.

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    yes. draw hot girls in coffee shops. Get their numbers.

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    HI i am new here and i feel bad about drawing people to cause i drew my gov. teacher when he didnt know it and he got all mad about it and threatend me so be ware ..some people get violent. lol good work though.

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    I always draw during class, but unfortunately I'm in the front row so I normally end up drawing the teacher. So one day, I had drawn my teacher on my worksheet, and he collected them, and I was like "great..." Well, I got it back and it had comments like "the calf isn't proportional to the thiegh, but your arms are good" It was so awesome! People are normally flattered. Well, actually, not when they see my drawings but that is another story! Maybe, one day when I'm really good....
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    hmm maybe sunglasses? too suspicious?

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    The best way to be inconspicuous while sketching someone is yes, sunglasses. Additionally, a fedora and a long trenchcoat. There must be nothing worn under the trenchcoat, except perhaps dress socks and sandals.

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    I get the strange looks, as well. I dislike making people feel uncomfortable (off the forums, that is), so I end up getting a lot of sketches from the side or of people reading. The thing is, folks tend to fidget a lot, so you really can't just work a pose to death. That leaves stealing as much information as you can and transferring it to paper very quickly, with quick glances to fill in where you're unsure.

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    yeah, i draw on the train all the time... it does suck when people notice you.. thats why i usually try and draw people sleeping... once thy notice you they dont stop staring at you.. and then if you totally botch the drawing and make them look like a cross between jabba the hut and an a wookie... but, i think the regular people on the train know me already so they dont bother me anymore... also draw quick... that helps alot!

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    just keep a knife with you, and you'll be fine. works for me...

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    The best thing is, especially when you're on the Tube/Bus. get your sketchbook out. Find any particular characteristic about the person you want to study. Memorise in quick notation form what was dark/light/highlights/shadows. Then fill in your blanks on your sketchbook without looking up one thereafter.

    Normally if people look at you drawing, its OK too. Just concentrate on your artwork, because it was done in the spirit of artistry and honest appreciation

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    I swear to god, it's easier for chicks to do this.

    I remember being in Boston Commons with the Boston Sketch Group and I wanted to go sketch a group of kids playing on the swing sets. All of the guys I was with immediately stood still and backed away from me. I asked what was wrong and was told that they'd make the mothers in the area uncomfortable by watching/drawing their children.

    I had never thought of that before. Still, I went over and sketched, and got smiles from the mothers and lots of excited questions from the kids.



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    if they say anything ask them if they would rather you draw the ugly wome/ guy next to them. this should boost their ego. if not draw hobos in your closest large city. usually one cigarette buys like 2 minutes. you do the math.

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    Ususally they notice that you are drawing them, and typically are flattered....90% of the time people never inquire to even see how you see them.

    It's funny. Usually people's egos are always wondering how others percieve them, but when someone draws them, they are too afraid to know the truth.

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    I find it's easier to draw a naked model in a art class then people on the street.......'paid' naked people are less intimidating.

    I guess drawing animals at the zoo is easier?

    If you draw people usually they ask questions or misinterpret your 'staring'.

    I remember being in Boston Commons with the Boston Sketch Group and I wanted to go sketch a group of kids playing on the swing sets. All of the guys I was with immediately stood still and backed away from me. I asked what was wrong and was told that they'd make the mothers in the area uncomfortable by watching/drawing their children.
    They're guys. Have you ever visited a school, high school or elementary school, as a guy when you're over 18 years old? If you're not a teacher or not a parent, you better have a gawd damn good reason for being there.

    All of the guys I was with immediately stood still and backed away from me. I asked what was wrong and was told that they'd make the mothers in the area uncomfortable


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    Quote Originally Posted by koshime
    The best thing is, especially when you're on the Tube/Bus. get your sketchbook out. Find any particular characteristic about the person you want to study. Memorise in quick notation form what was dark/light/highlights/shadows. Then fill in your blanks on your sketchbook without looking up one thereafter.

    Normally if people look at you drawing, its OK too. Just concentrate on your artwork, because it was done in the spirit of artistry and honest appreciation

    Gluck!
    Great advice - thank you! =D

    forever confused: Ouch. Sorry to hear that, confused.

    willow-whisp: I never thought of that either. At least you got a positive response that time though. =)

    Quote Originally Posted by otis
    Ususally they notice that you are drawing them, and typically are flattered....90% of the time people never inquire to even see how you see them.

    It's funny. Usually people's egos are always wondering how others percieve them, but when someone draws them, they are too afraid to know the truth.
    That's so true. I never thought of things like this...

    Quote Originally Posted by dogfood
    ...The thing is, folks tend to fidget a lot, so you really can't just work a pose to death. That leaves stealing as much information as you can and transferring it to paper very quickly, with quick glances to fill in where you're unsure.
    Yeah, I realised that when I drew that guy at the airport (need to dump that crappy pencil too). I need to learn how to draw quicker, accurately.

    Quote Originally Posted by NoSeRider
    I find it's easier to draw a naked model in a art class then people on the street.......'paid' naked people are less intimidating.
    Aye, I found out there are life drawing classes every fortnight at a place by town, so I'll look for the times (and whether I can afford it. Do they usually cost much? I can't do it in college because my timetable doesn't fit in with the Fine Art students and I don't want to start out by having to draw an ugly shrivelled up old man :|)

    But although it's probably easier, I'd like to draw people doing their everyday thing anyway - it would push me to look at the important details rather than fussing over the little things too much like I usually do.

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    Quicksilver, I'm afraid you'll eventually have to draw an "ugly shrivelled up old man" as you can't hand pick the models yourself. Unless you pay for your own one.

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    Actually, I find drawing "ugly shrivelled up old man" great fun, and a challenge to all the curves you usually do.

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    and about picking up gorgeous girls whilst sketching i coffe shops, its amazing. Girls like that are very selfconcious and as soon as they notice you are sketich them they usually go all posey and smiley and stuff. I think it actually gets them off. Man, but their low self esteem boyfriends sure do give some dirty looks to ya, so be careful, dont get in a fight!

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    If you're bothered by making people feel uncomfortable, you could ask a promise from say some of your family members or friends. Just generally, if they'd mind you drawing them.
    I asked a friend of mine, and she didn't mind at all - so now I've drawn her many-many-many times... and it's so relieving for me, since I KNOW she doesn't mind no matter what the outcome is.
    And it has proven me that people really don't notice everything around them all that clearly.

    (Sounds a bit creepy as well, though. But the point would be that YOU don't feel bothered about drawing people... you can't help it if you choose someone who feels bothered about being drawn, but it helps you a lot if you don't feel horribly awkward about the possibility of that happening. Or something.)

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    I have no problem with drawing people in the bus or anywhere else, I just have a problem if they wanna see how I draw them. This is kinda really emberassing for me since I know that maybe my drawing doesn't even look a bit like the "model", so that the people might feel dissapointed about the result that came out of my pencil, lol. ths is a real problem for me and the main reason why I do not draw people in cafés or in the bus. This sucks damn hard and I really wanna change this but somehow the inhibition is too big :/

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