This is Big Basin Cafe, in Saratoga, California on a busy Friday evening. Sketched from two different tables in the same cafe, because I can’t sit still very long …
I’m enjoying making these people-and-places sketches and working through thoughts and ideas for my workshop titled People and Places: Life in Contrast that I will teach at the Urban Sketchers Symposium in Manchester this year.
Sketch 1 uses two pretty similar tools, for a low-contrast piece: A Sailor bent-nib pen for most of the figures in the sketch, and then the quieter Carbon Platinum pen for the thinner line that I use to capture the setting.
In sketch 2, I went for more contrast between my tools, using a thick graphite pencil for loosely drawn figures and the sailor bent Nib pen for everything else.