Had a bit of trouble figuring out how to get the drawings scanned after they’ve changed my work scanner so that it only does pdf files.
Anyway, it was done sometime in the summer, in a bookstore cafe – this gentleman seemed very engrossed in his reading.
Okay, I should’ve made more effort with the background – but to be honest you kind of forget the details when it’s been 2 years since the original sketch… The couple talking in the foreground came out quite nice though, which was the whole point! 😀
(PS: This was in London, somewhere close to the Tower. I just stopped on the way)
I don’t think I’m going to draw any bookshop interiors soon – this one took such a long time simply because I felt compelled to actually fill in the book titles… So if you look closely, there are actual authors and titles there.
The place itself is one of my favourite hang-outs in Krakow: I found it years ago and I go at least once every time I’m there. Lots and lots of English books (the kind you often can’t find in other bookshops), great cakes (oh, the carrot cake, how I do miss thee!) and the inside of an old apartment. If you’re in Krakow, Poland, and like books, you HAVE to check out Massolit (at ul. Felicjanek 1, close to the old town). You’re welcome 😉
I don’t know if it comes across, but this was started around Christmas (and half a year later… BANG! here it is!). I was a bit bored with black at the time, so in the spirit of the season I decided to give some of my more flamboyant pens a chance and went for green. The place is one of those little medieval cellar restaurants that Cracow is full of. What do you think? I’m fairly pleased, I think.
I’m not too pleased with this one. Should’ve left it black & white and not try to be clever with the background (it actually doesn’t show here too much, due to the scan quality). Anyway: behold the Cracow main square. Supposed to be the biggest medieval square in Europe. Or something. Come and enjoy.
(No, seriously, it’s a lovely city, haha.)
(Hmm, I’m thinking the drawing would look better with the right side cut off…)
Aaaah. FINALLY! This son of a mother took me over 3 months (granted, would’ve been much quicker if I could spend more than 10 minutes a day on it). A very belated Christmas/birthday present. Too bad the photo doesn’t do it justice: it’s about 100×100 cm, so a lot of details got lost. Also, it was just difficult to get it in a position where it would be evenly illuminated, plus you can still see the shadows where the paper creased because of the wash… Well, never mind. It is what it is. I’m not pleased with the background at all, but I really quite like the tree and the buildings. Now my only problem is: what to do with it if my sister doesn’t like it? Well? Any buyers?
In any case, all it means is that I will now have more time to go back to my little, reasonably sized drawings. Hurray.
The Longroom in London. Weird because it’s surrounded by office buildings, so it seems to cater mostly to the City crowd, but actually is quite nice and serves a nice array of microbrews, yay. Plus a good friend of mine works there, so there you have it. It also looks much more sleek in reality than here, but I only had a moment for a sketch and had to fill in the details, so it resembles a logger’s hut… By the way, spellcheck just tried to correct ‘microbrews’. It went for microbes.
I think it’ll be some time before I can post something new as I’ll be trying to draw something really big for my sister by way of a birthday/Christmas present. It will be time-consuming, and time is what I don’t have right now <fatalistic sigh>