Shady Characters

party peopleThere were so many healthy choices at the buffet at Judy and Don’s silver wedding celebration yesterday. Needless to say, I was still tempted by the mini-quiches, pork pie and sausage rolls. Well it is Christmas.

group by the barMost people were sitting but it was the characters standing at the bar who I found most interesting to draw.

light and shadeEach individual had a different way of standing. Some added gesticulations to a story they were telling, others stood listening, holding a drink in one hand and, in the case of some of the women, a bag in the other hand. Little touches that help sketch a character, rather than the standardised party person that I might draw from memory.

conversationI drew in line only but it was the shapes that fascinated me as I drew, so today I added washes of neutral grey to emphasise the overall shapes rather than the outlines.

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  1. I am trying to imagine you at a party–that guy in the corner with a mini-quiche in one hand and a sketchbook in the other. But wait! You must have a third hand to hold the pen.
    I do like the drawings.

    1. There was plenty of time to draw. It was one of those parties where you couldn’t hear anyone who was more than six inches away from your ear! Three days later my ears are still ringing! We did ask the DJ to turn it down but his amp was evidently stuck on ’11’.

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