Capturing the art scene of Cafes can be quite daunting. Firstly you sit at a table, perhaps for a long period of time, your coffee may take time to drink (and go cold) between putting lines down, or the waiter may ask you if you want anything? And you feel guilty for taking a table and not eating a lot…. But once they see what you are doing they tend to stop pestering you, and fill your water up whilst grabbing a quick peek at your sketch.
2014 Above is an early one where I wasnt brave enought to draw inside.
When I did sketch inside I hid down the back, nnot wanting to get noticed. I didnt need to worry, others were going about their own lives to notice a middle aged bloke down the back.
2015 I have been taking various online courses, even completed some of them before starting another, but what I Am getting from them is to just get out and draw what you see, hear and feel. Draw the barista, the mess, the organisation, the bitchy customers, or the happy waitress, customers, Just capture it.
2016 There is a regular at this cafe who was sitting and standing and sitting whilst I was sketching this one. I couldn’t not draw him.
2016 Sometimes I don’t finish in one sketching period, sometimes I go back a couple of times to add onto the picture. The sketch of Provincia was one of these. We like to sit outside and watch the world or sit in the sunshine whilst having our coffee so I sketch a little then go outside. With the Provinvia cafe above I only draw for a minute at a time, a long macchiato does not take long to make , so often the decor of bowls and cake stands changes, but that’s ok.
Sometimes I can manipulate my view area, but on busy days I have to take the view that I get. Life’s like that. Suck in a deep breath, sit down and draw what you see.
That serendipitous position may lead to a different picture than the one you envisioned.