However many kids there are at our community swimming pool, I still think the lifeguards, high up in their chairs, look lonely. There’s action all around them, but they don’t participate in the fun. Their job, instead, is to stay uninvolved in what goes on around them and to watch carefully.
So when I sketched this lifeguard, I decided to leave the pool and surroundings unpeopled to capture that sense of aloneness.
In this first sketch, I drew in the surroundings quite slowly and carefully.
And then in this second, quicker sketch, I went for a more minimalistic approach by suspending the lifeguard at the top of the sketch with a more abstract representation of the blue pool below and a large empty space between the two.
Do you think one of these is more successful than the other? Which one and why? I’d love your opinion.