Thursday, 30th October 2003, page
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Richard Bell's Wild West Yorkshire nature diary
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my way here this morning I did my usual lightning wildlife sketches
of magpie, magpies' nest and plants such as birch, buddleia and
gorse growing by the trackside.
With my new-found enthusiasm
for seeing something special in the commonplace I'm inspired to
go for a complete change of subject and I sketch the passengers
on the supertram on the way back to Meadowhall, where we've parked
It's a subject I used to draw
a lot but I don't travel on buses and trains as much as I once
did and I've got out of the habit of drawing people in general.
I find frustrating about drawing under these conditions - the unerring
ability for a fresh figure to stand in front of one I've already
started drawing - is in fact the point of it all: what makes these
figures more fascinating than the most elaborate exercise set up
in a life drawing class is the way they group themselves; it's a
sort of natural choreography.
always surprised how expressive a figure can be when seen from behind.
You don't need to see a facial expression to get a sense that a
figure is bored, weary, energetic or engrossed in conversation.
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