I can't think of a better exercise for sketching fast than a quick doodle before your food comes at the diner. To hell with proportions, colors and steady lines. The goal is to loosen up the hand, let go of perfection, let go of anything decent for that matter, and just sketch. And if the food hasn't arrived yet, add some color.
I met the disgustingly skillful Paul Heaston early this morning in NYC. We have known each other's work for years through our respective blogs, Facebook and Flickr, and today we were meeting for the first time. Seeing his work in real life, flipping through the pages of his sketchbooks was a thrill. We sketched on the High Line while talking for hours. As with Liz Steel a year ago, it was nothing short of an exhilarating experience.
H pencil, Pigma Micron 05 & watercolor in sketchbook.
Not much is happening on this blog these days, as I am drawing almost exclusively for the book. But here is a quick mug drawn on a diner place mat, because sometimes that's all I can fit in a day of writing and doodling.
Pigma 05 on recycled place mat with Photoshop for whiting out.