I dont think so. theres no reason why she should be offended or something. All i said was that im surprised you have to think about this kind of stuff when you go out sketching in the usa. its getting a bit off topic now i guess.
My sketchbook: http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...106521&page=11
As a female trying to draw outdoors in Aus - sometimes the withering look doesn't work as unfortunately some men seem to think that any kind of eye contact is an invitation.
Usually the best trick for fending off unwanted advances is the polite 'smile and nod' (to not be outwardly aggressive as this can also lead to trouble) while giving clear signs that you don't want company eg one syllable answers and turning your head and body language away from the rude b*stard.
Indeed, your comment about Americans was a bit too much. But if I tried to draw somewhere in New York, Chicago or even Austin, I wouldn't have had this problem. You can't really compare Europe to most of US cities because Europe is so much more crowded. Over here the density of population (and the number of attractive girls with sketchpads) is a lot lower, so no wonder some people see that as a chance to acquaint the female artist. So this is a simple matter of demographics.
And thanks Jeff
Kittymeow, a smile would still be a bad idea..
Ok, back to the topic.
Does DPaint, Jeff or any other experts here have tips on how to hold the pencil when drawing on an easel?
I'm trying to get comfortable with the easel by drawing on nothing except the easel from now on, and these 2 days, my hands are shavy and it's like the pencil is gonna fly out from my hand anytime.
I'm using the extended tripod grip most of the time (holding the pencil like when you're writing, but holding it all the way at the butt area for loose big movement).
Then I slightly tilt my hand to the right a bit to draw (like a partial underhand grip).
The overhand grip doesn't work for me (I hate drawing using the side of the pencil).
As for distance from easel, I currently stand about 1 feet away.
Do you guys have like, any useful efficient exercises that can help me to get comfortable at the easel faster (other than "draw")?
Hey Xeon - another thing I forgot to mention! When drawing from the shoulder the best pencil grip is the "backhand" grip - just pick up your media with your fingertips from the table or wherever and that is really the proper way to hold it - again takes getting used to. You don't always need to draw with the side - and you can reverse your hand so the back is to the paper as well for some marks. The whole point is this gives you the most flexibility in movement and ability to make marks. Believe it or not people drop their charcoal, paintbrush, pencil all the time - because they're often holding their implement with such delicacy. I've dropped paintbrushes so many times - and usually they go flipping all over the place and it is very funny - generally while doing a demo!
You might be standing a bit too close - you want to stand about a comfortable arm's distance away from your drawing surface.
The other reason to adapt to this "grip" is it is the only real way to use some of the other drawing media like vine charcoal or conte. Hang in there!
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I also tried sitting down at a chair and drawing at the easel last night and it was a lot more comfortable cos' you can kinda rest your hand on the bottom of the easel's desk (the lower lip) for support.
Good thread guys.
Something else I've found particularly useful for #1 is a technique that kills two birds with one stone.
Squint. It looks like you're fallilng asleep; but you're assessing values, and it also looks like you're not paying attention to your subject.
I've had people stop staring back at me when I squint.
I want to start off by saying this is awesome. I vote sticky!
Pretty good thread here! I'm somewhat new to drawing from life, or at least to get out and draw people. I use to be very shy, but realizing that being shy is of no use I've been able to overcome it.
I'll make sure to take out some sunglasses, and that idea about squinting is sooo good! Haha, never would have thought of it myself.
Thanks dpaint for the bunch of tips.
I've met surprisingly low amounts of hostility during my public drawing sessions. Perhaps I haven't been doing it long enough but I do find being social and friendly usually helps. Most people tend to keep to themselves when they figure out they are being drawn. Most will smile, fidget, stare back or get up and leave. What else can you do other than draw fast? I'm more often approached by people walking by than the subject I am drawing. I usually keep my answers short and sweet but I do try and be friendly about it.
Great thread dpaint, thank you for the tips.
It is most encouraging to see that drawing in public is a problem for many people.
I guess your bear story beats my story: ducks approaching me and stealing my brushes.
Slowly I am approaching the outside drawing and what I found a great place to sneak at is in cafes such as Costa, Pret-a-manger, or McDonalds (even bhs) that have single seats facing outside. Most people don't look at those seats because it is awkward to watch people eating. I personally think buying a coffee is worth the spot..
Ditto on the 'sticky this thread' request.
Great advice, I've been trying to pluck up to the courage to go to the pub at the train station after work sometimes, there are always interesting people there. What's put me off though is being female and in a pub on your own is usually a signal for some guy to come and try and chat you up. I'll try some of these techniques though like the MP3 player obviously on display and scowling unwelcomingly/squinting and see if they work.
Oh btw, this thread reminded me of a photo Jason Seiler put up on Facebook. He saw this woman in a diner when he was sketching and took a sneaky photo on his phone, said she had an interesting face for caricature...then she caught him but it did make me think about the etiquette for taking photos of people in public without their consent, I would find it a bit rude if someone took one of me but if it's for reference purposes and the person explained I would be ok with it. I don't know, what's everybody elses opinion on taking photos if you can't finish the sketch in time, or is that defeating the purpose?
I work at an after-school care centre, and during the past school holidays, when there were only a relatively small number of kids, I got to make some quick portrait sketches of some of them. It's a good exercise to get used to having an audience look over your shoulder, making brutally honest comments.
I had to laugh too, partly at myself. When I finished a sketch I showed it to the subject, a boy of about nine or ten. It was mostly just a line drawing, but with some tentative shading across the forehead in the form of rapid hatching with the ballpoint pen with which I had done the sketch.
His comment: "It's quite good, sir. Except that bit..." He pointed to the hatching. "I don't have those scratches on my face."
Well, touché. :-)
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My sketchbook thread:
Check this out: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/...83400720120405
The age of privacy is over. Sadly.
ooooh very, very useful pointers!
i'll prepare some materials and get going once October rolls around, and thus more opportunities appear for me to do so~
i see why some would be worried, but you just need a touch of i-don't-give-a-fuck and callousness, and you're solved. ninja skills also come in handy. i can blend into a place and go unobserved if i want to like it's my job, for some reason.