Coffee Shop

Coffee Shop, originally uploaded by Damien DeVille.

I have been admiring some very nice sketches in various pools on Flickr and one of the things that I noticed about the ones I was most drawn to was that they were very sparsely washed with watercolors.

I based this sketch loosely on this photo, which I liked a great deal. Some may argue that I shouldn’t work from pictures, but I am of the opinion that with my limited time, I’ve got to do what I’ve got to do in order to rediscover and tune my skills.

I’ve been having a very hard time working on human forms since I dove back into drawing. When I was younger faces and figure drawing were something I felt confident with. I figured I might feel more confident with a sketch of a person from behind – no pressure to get the face right.

In the photo, the middle figure is clearly a man, but some how, I’ve managed to make this one look more like a woman from the waste up.

I will have to keep working on the human form.

6 thoughts on “Coffee Shop

  1. you gotta sign up for some life drawing classes. once you’ve had an hour with jack the dripper, you’ll never see the human body the same. I got to paint a woman once with both nipples pierced. that was an interesting day. probably never get it out of my head.

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    1. Everytime I think about a life drawing class, I am reminded of your tales of Jack. I think that’s part of why I have never done it. The idea of a naked old dude, well, it’s just not a good image.

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  2. Damien, I have stopped beating myself up about working from photos including commercial photos. They are just for my learning exercises. They are not for sale and my work generates no financial benefit but they do save a lot of timewhen I want to practice certain skills. I just try to remember that they are only useful for a limited amount of learning and will never lead me to create a wonderful painting of my own. I like your effort and your color. Keep up the wondertful work you are doing.

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    1. Thanks for the kind words of encouragement. I don’t beat myself up about this too much, but sometimes I do. I feel better about it if I’m working from one of my own photos for some reason.

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    2. Thanks for the kind words of encouragement. I don’t beat myself up about this too much, but sometimes I do. I feel better about it if I’m working from one of my own photos for some reason.

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