Brushless in Ikea
How to get people to stay still for a moment so you can
draw them? Easy; all you need is a large chill cabinet
with a display of Danish pastries, croissants, gateaux
and cheesecakes! That slows them down nicely.
Rushing out in the morning, I'd brought only my sketchbook
and palm-sized watercolour box so, as I sat down with
a latté (and, yes, I admit it, a pain au raisin),
I had to borrow Barbara's Staedtler 0.7 mm pigment
liner pen to draw the figures in the Ikea
coffee shop and make notes of the colours.
Sketches and Swatches
of colours such as 'Taup(e) Brown', 'Fawn' and
'Dark Roy(al) Navy' would mean different things
to different people but they helped me remember a particular
colour when I came to add the watercolour when I got back
You can see the influence of all the bird drawings I've
been doing recently; this is a form of note-taking rather
than pure drawing, but I like the way the little written
colour notes punctuate the sketches and I like the simple
watercolour washes which are there just as swatches, as
information; under the circumstances I can't attempt to
explore light and shade, for example.
finished effect, in figures such as the seated man, bottom
right, remind me of the figures Hergé drew in the
Every object has a shape and every shape has a colour
(even if that colour is fairly neutral, like 'Taupe Brown'
or 'Fawn'). Simple.
But apologies to the lady with the black handbag who
ended up with a brown handbag!