Cafe Characters

I take quite a few random photographs, particularly of strangers in picturesque scenarios. The photos are always skewed and at bad angles because I am trying to be sneaky about the fact that I'm taking their picture. Then it's a whole bunch of composing to get the people in the positions I want. Also editing out any details I don't feel like drawing. 

Right now I'm working on a few cafe sketches. These were done from pictures I took at a cafe in Houston, where we stopped for a quick road coffee. It was a cute little place, serving vegan food and a variety of fancy sounding lavender lemonaid soda water type thirst-quenchers. I was totally taken by the light streaming in the windows.

I know the advice is to carry a sketchbook everywhere I go, but honestly that doesn't work for me. I'm way too self-conscious, and plus I'm usually in a hurry! In this case, to get back on the I-10. So I don't have time to do much more than whip out a phone and take bad pictures like this:

First I did some sketching, and decided I didn't feel like drawing 11 chairs:

My favorite part was the light coming in through the windows, so I did a wash in yellow underneath. This is something I'm trying to get better at, but it's effing finicky. The paper speckles or bends or the color is patchy or it bleeds out or something. Somehow it never comes out quite the way I want it to. 

 

 Still wet - you can see the reflection 

Still wet - you can see the reflection 

 Women Reading, watercolor on paper (9x12)

Women Reading, watercolor on paper (9x12)