Gig Scribbles

18 Jan

Ink sketch at a gig.

I like sketching in public. I think it’s good for people to see artists at work and it’s a good technical exercise to just get on with it wherever you are. It’s too easy to get precious about art and try too hard to get perfect studio conditions instead of just doing it. I like sketching at gigs because it’s dark. Yeah that’s right. I like drawing in the dark. Partly because the people you’re drawing don’t notice like they would in broad daylight, so they don’t get self-conscious and also because it’s a challenge to draw when your vision is restricted. I did these two sketches at the local Monkey cafe/bar a couple of years ago. I couldn’t get a good view of the band so I drew people in the audience. The young woman was a photographer who came with the band. The young man next to her was bored enough to keep texting throughout the evening. I went to Madrid last year to see Roger Waters perform ‘The Wall’ in a stadium. It was incredible but there was a guy a couple of rows in front who spent most of the performance texting. Apart from missing one of the greatest music / theatre performances of all time, the tickets cost an arm and a leg so was he just some rich idiot showing off?

Another ink sketch at a gig.

Drawn in Faber Castell Pitt drawing pens into a spiral-bound A6 Cotman watercolour sketchbook.

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