IT’S BEEN FUN touring about this week, seeing some of the sights of the island but,
from the point of view of drawing, I really appreciate being stuck in one spot for
three hours, here in the lounge/restaurant on the ferry. I start by drawing the man
sitting opposite me, reading his newspaper, then people snoozing or playing cards.
Anyone who looks likely to stay in approximately the same pose for 5 or 10 minutes
is a suitable subject. I feel everyone is fascinating in their own way to draw.
As with almost every drawing I’ve made this holiday, these are drawn with a free-moving
rollerball pen. I enjoy adding watercolour; colour adds so much information and brings
the character to life. I thanked the women with the stripy jumper for being such
an appealing subject. She liked the drawing and called her other card-playing friends
over to see themselves in my sketches.
They say that if you’re writing fiction, even if one of your characters has only
a walk-on part, you should know something of his or her background - what they ate
for breakfast, for instance. These real-life characters on the boat all look to me
as if they’ve got interesting stories to tell. I could imagine them having bit-parts
in a movie or in a television drama or comedy.