Argh. I kept forgetting to scan the two new ones at work (you can’t get out of there fast enough, can you!), so finally gave up and just took a photo (which explains the tiny size and bad quality!). The girl is my sister, only she’s much prettier in real life! I kind of missed doing random doodles, so that’s where the background came from.
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 😉
Phew, it’s been a long time. Mostly for two reasons: hell at work, doing (occasionally) 9-to-9 hours; but then luckily followed by lovely holiday in Valencia (oh, beach ball, how I miss thee!) – and also the fact that I’ve been concentrating quite a lot on trying to improve my guitar playing. All in all, I’ve been lagging behind.
Here’s a drawing of an elderly couple having their tea in a cafe in Krakow. Ink pen figures, ink background that could’ve been better.
Well, that’s been a long break. Lot’s of things going on, work and other stuff, and most of the time there seriously was no opportunity (or energy) to draw anything. Hopefully that’s over now. And presenting to you today: another one from the Camelot Cafe in Cracow, a lovely place with great food. Do give it a try if you go there!
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.
That’s all the oldies for now. I kind of really like the background in this one… And it’s actually much more even than here: the weird dark shapes and lines are actually… the reflection of my head and shelves on the glass covering the picture…! (eyeroll…)
Has anyone noticed how it’s often much easier to draw human figures in non-typical positions or perspectives? I find when that’s the case my drawings tend to be much better. I think because when I see a person in a position that’s not too normal I actually make the effort to LOOK, and don’t allow my brain to sort of fill in the blanks basing on the assumptions (“of COURSE I know what a sitting person looks like, I don’t need to watch that close!”). Any thoughts?