The week started last Thursday at Barnes & Noble Café where I drew this woman, who is a regular there. Perhaps you can recognize her by now. Her friend went away from the table for a bit giving me a full view of this gal.
The next day we were at a Starbucks where these women we chatting away. And one woman facing us is balancing coffee cups on her head. (Or so it seemed)
At the same time this guy enjoyed a coffee with his wife and I am guessing, daughter.
Later that week we were at another Starbucks (we rotate around three or four of them in our area) where this sweet family was enjoying their time there.
Across the room a pair were working on something together, the guy between them was alone I believe doing his own thing, he had quite the stare; and the third guy was doing something else on a small fold up lap top unconnected to the others.
I enjoyed watching folks standing in line. I liked this woman's faux fur collar on her white jacket. She was with the short guy in his martial arts jacket. I wondered if they were going to buy something off the shelves too.
On Monday of this week I went to Oakland where I met up with a klassmate from Sketchbook Skool! You know I have been taking klasses on line in SBS for over two and half years. Maria Barci just started taking her first SBS klass a couple of months ago. She found me there. I'm so glad as we love each other's art styles, and since we live about a hour apart we decided to meet up in person and draw together.
I drew Maria from a photo I took of her after I got home. She dresses so stylishly. It was a challenge. I wasn't 100% thrilled with the outcome, because I couldn't capture her beauty, but I will try again and again hoping I eventually do.
However, she loved the drawing and was happy when I sent it to her.
Here we are together before setting out to draw and talk more at Starbucks near where she lives. (notice the T Shirt Press for putting her art on T Shirts in the other room behind us, I'll show you more about that later in this post.)
I drew her drawing at Starbucks:
And later she drew me from a photo she took of me (see below)
I think she really got my look and joy. We both were having a very happy day together.
I continue to draw portraits from photos on the Sktchy app for IPhones. I am using mostly Copic markers on them too.
I bought a whole bunch more at Dick Blick than the mostly skin tones I already had, and now I have a lot of bright colors too!!!!
I think I have enough for a while.
This Dick Blick in Berkeley, CA also sells the refill ink bottles and I got one of them for the skin tone color I already used up. I think it's the E00 marker. It's very cost effective to have ink to refill markers! You can buy fresh nibs there too.
Oops, out of order but here I am drawing Maria at Starbucks.
And finally today here I am drawing at yet another Starbucks in our town above and below on a very rainy day.
One more thing about Maria Barci, not only is she a stylishly dressed lovely young woman, and great artist, she also makes T Shirts with her art on them to sell like the one below featuring her drawing of Iris Apfel. If you would like one too, I love mine, let me know and I'll get you the contact information.
Thanks for coming by and leaving your comments.
They make me happy and keep me drawing!
Wishing you a Creative Week Ahead