Plein-air pen and wash on paper

In the Library

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Some days I go to the library to read the paper, borrow a book or sketch people; mostly during the winter months.

Most visitors in the library that sit down seem to be completely absorbed by their cell phone or laptop; some read the newspaper or even a book. The position thus assumed by people may last anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. At the start you have no idea how long, so you just begin drawing as soon as your “model” seems to settle in.

Today’s sketches of the patrons in our downtown library following:


The problem with people sketching is that they don’t sit still; this keeps  it challenging. If the subject moves substantially or gets up and moves on sometime during the process, you may have to turn over the page and start a new picture. Paper and pens come cheap.



Author: John Hofman

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