There were three people involved in this sketch...
Got into a conversation with someone on the train home the other night. I was sketching and he was playing a game on his phone and we started talking about passing the time to make the journey go by, and what we had done that day.
It was a good conversation. I wished we all talked more like that.
Anyway, this is the sketch I did at the time.
As soon as I had drawn the eyes I felt it was going to be a pleasing sketch. And that was important to me, knowing I had someone watching it as well as me.
And why is that ? Why does someone else watching alter my relationship with what I am drawing ? Why am I so fickle as to want to be seen to be good at this ? Am I not suitably reassured in my ability to do this by now ? Why is it so important to impress a total stranger ? Why is it so important to be validated like that ?
Actually, now I have told you this there are four people involved in this sketch.
Okay, so not really someone working, but in uniform so it almost counts.
I got fascinated by how the beret sat on his head. It gave a tight outline to the shape of the skull, but then has that full overlap to one side. What is that called ? That lopsided excess bit. I bet it has a military term. Anyway, it took several goes before I was anywhere near the shape of it.
He then took it off, rubbed his head all over, and stuffed it in his pocket. The beret, not his head.