View Full Version : Waiting Rooms 2004-2012

02-03-2013, 11:55 AM
Significant health issues afflicted several members of our household between 2004 and 2012 and, I found myself sitting in many doctors' waiting rooms for long stretches with only a cheap ballpoint pen and a 4" x 6" lined notebook for company. Sketching people in such an environment either forces one to become very quick and gestural or very painstaking, representational, and very "I don't care if you think I'm invading your privacy or not!....There's no sign posted here that I can't sketch!". Being basically a coward, I learned to scribble things really fast and secretive......either that or finish the work from imagination after so-and-so had left the room, etc... Names of people and institutions.....other relevant details which were part of margin notes have been changed via photoshop. All sketches were done while sitting in waiting rooms but some subjects were wholly from imagination (the boredom factor). Basically, this was my 15 minutes at being Cy Twombly...http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Feb-2013/134997-Surgeon_in_the_Hallway.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Feb-2013/134997-Need_Coffee.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Feb-2013/134997-Petrol_Woman.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Feb-2013/134997-Waiting_Room_Woman.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Feb-2013/134997-Violinist.jpg

02-03-2013, 01:01 PM
I love the poses you captured. Really interesting work. I would love to create an art journal...maybe someday...when I view the pages of those who create...I am inspired.


02-03-2013, 02:26 PM
Thanks very much, catjoe

02-03-2013, 04:09 PM
These are great gesture sketches, even dare I say complete sketches of people. Real or imaginary, good for you drawing while waiting.

02-03-2013, 05:08 PM
These are all excellent poses. A great way to pass the time and keep your mind on other things for a bit during a stressful time.

Joan T
02-03-2013, 08:08 PM
Love the poses and the style you used for sketching! Sketching is such a great thing to do in waiting rooms...much better than being bored. Thanks for sharing these.

02-03-2013, 11:04 PM
Thanks to all for having a look and for the kind comments!

Will try to post another five next week...

02-03-2013, 11:59 PM
Fantastic sketches, and a perfect use of your time.

02-04-2013, 07:04 PM
These have a wonderful gestural quality to them. I've done some waiting room sketches, and I can attest that it carries some significant challenges - you've done great here.

02-04-2013, 10:43 PM
What a great idea for a journal! I'm sorry that you have had to spend so much time in doc/hospital waiting rooms, but you have certainly put it to good use. I love your gesture skatches, and you have some great poses there.

02-06-2013, 04:36 PM
Super. I love the way you search out the volume.

02-06-2013, 05:22 PM
More, more, more.

02-06-2013, 07:46 PM
Thanks so much to those who've stopped to look and to those who've commented! JTMB, on sketching in these environments being a challenge, I always felt a kinship to street photographers while doing this (Actually, I dabbled briefly in street photography before a confrontation with a subject made me lose my nerve forever after.) Marmsk, I was going to wait a few more days before uploading another five but your request to see more of them shall not go unheeded! (Thanks very much!)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Feb-2013/134997-Charlie_Sketch.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Feb-2013/134997-Couple_Reading.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Feb-2013/134997-Daughter_and_Mother.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Feb-2013/134997-Lobby.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Feb-2013/134997-Sketch_for_Little_Nurse_copy.jpg

02-06-2013, 10:38 PM
Lots of great sketches. I like your loose approach.

02-07-2013, 11:09 AM
These are great! I have never sketched people from life outside the drawing class in university, I feel it too intimidating! So hat of to you!

02-10-2013, 10:39 AM
Thanks so much, DrDebby and JennyMK for your kind comments!

Here are another five sketches.......will try to post five weekly.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Feb-2013/134997-Angry_Hippie_copy.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Feb-2013/134997-Crash_Lady_copy.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Feb-2013/134997-Neocon_Horse_Opera.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Feb-2013/134997-No_Insurance.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Feb-2013/134997-Waiting_Room_Woman_2.jpg

02-10-2013, 12:42 PM
Amazing variety of people. This is quite a bit of history as well as people watching.

Joan T
02-10-2013, 05:42 PM
You do a good job at capturing the movement and poses of the people. Nice!

02-10-2013, 06:14 PM
Great sketches, I really like your style.

02-16-2013, 10:58 AM
Thanks so much for the comments, Debby, Joan, and Jacqui!

Here is another five...the small face and the blue reader were very quick visual notes done in stifling environments where sketching seemed to elicit frowns from the other waiting-room-denizens. The very light gesture of the figure on the scooter was 100% from imagination and the other two were 75% so...


02-16-2013, 12:53 PM
I absolutely love your style. these are brilliant. Please keep posting!

02-16-2013, 04:05 PM
Sorry about the negativity for sketching in the waiting room. These are marvelous whether from imagination or life.

02-18-2013, 07:03 PM
Great style - my fav of the recent ones in the bike and biker.

Joan T
02-19-2013, 03:52 PM
I love the biker!!! These are so great!

02-23-2013, 11:06 AM
Thanks so much, DavyJ, DrDebby, JTMB, and JoanT for your comments! I've always been sort of partial to the "Girl on Scooter" or "Biker" sketch too but it was such a faint little 45 second-ish gesture and all... Someday I hope to figure out how to transition that image to a large charcoal piece without losing too much of the "immediacy".

Here are five more...

Charlie Sketch II

Figures at Counter

6th Hall

Familiar Face but No...

Surf Lady

02-23-2013, 11:34 AM
Surf Lady is my favourite :) You capture their poses and quirks beautifully.

Joan T
02-23-2013, 01:18 PM
Super sketches. Each one is really interesting and you can just imagine what is going on in their lives.

02-23-2013, 04:37 PM
These are great. I have to say that the expression on the one with the directions is priceless.

02-27-2013, 04:26 AM
Great sketches! And several expressions are so apt ... Like no insurance, I can't imagine the worry of that. The Nhs may not be perfect but thank heavens for it.

02-27-2013, 06:50 AM
great sketching - ball point is super for spontaneous sketching, yours are full of life, info and an injection of humour here and there. Much enjoyed browsing these, and hey, if ya still fancy street photography, why not try an off set detached digi camera attached to a head band/hat, that way you can have yer head pointing in one direction, and the lens in another, you watch humanity on the detached screen and they'll never know. I often walk along not looking at my camera, but just snap snapping unobtrusively and randomly, get some cool shots, a lot of rubbish, but then one or two gems an outing is great, thank heavens for digi cameras hey :D great journalling, and hope your waiting rooms soon change to airport holiday lounges :wave:

02-28-2013, 11:12 AM
Love this cast of characters. Well done.

02-28-2013, 11:41 AM
Very inspiring drawing! I don't know if I'd be able to be that 'loose', I'd have to be in situations where I have little time to analyze things and just a few moments to open the sketchbook and go!

03-02-2013, 08:45 AM
Thanks so much, bookscorpion, Joan T, DrDebby, vhere, Scattycat, eyepaint, and thevaliantx for your kind comments!

Definitely hip about the insurance thing, vhere, and wish my own country was waaaaay more progressive in this regard than it is currently.....We've made some forward strides recently but still have miles and miles to go before we have anything akin to a humane and compassionate system, IMO.

Will have to take a look at the small digi cams, Scattycat. Although I'm probably finished with street photography for both "loss of nerve" and financial reasons, I've always been fascinated with the technology if only as a window shopper.

Here are five more sketches...


Cap Man


Waiting Room Doodle


Memento Mori


Blue Note


Quick Sketch/Mother and Daughter

03-02-2013, 02:54 PM
Your commentary is as informative as your sketching. The mother and daughter is very sweet.

03-09-2013, 10:28 PM
Thanks DrDebby! Upon reflection, I think that this type environment probably affords an opportunity to study just about every nuance of human emotion there is...The Mother/Daughter sketch was done closer to the 2004 end of this time period so I don't remember much except that it was in an E.R. waiting room and the daughter was in a great deal of pain.

Here are five more...


Skinny Lady


Blue Sports Injury Man


Nothing To Worry About


Receptionist And Supervisor


Woman On The Phone

03-10-2013, 02:25 PM
These are such great character sketches. I guess you had a lot of time to hone your skills.

Joan T
03-12-2013, 05:41 PM
I love the characters you've sketched!!!

03-16-2013, 08:42 PM
Thanks so much, DrDebby and JoanT for your comments.

Here are another five...


Pain Clinic Flirt


Father and Daughter


Late Night Hospital Delusions


A Dying Breed



Joan T
03-16-2013, 10:09 PM
These are so great!!! You have captured some interesting poses and faces. I think the lady dressed up with the wheeled case is one of those people coming to the doctors with medical samples to sell. They always look so chipper.

03-17-2013, 05:55 AM
"I think the lady dressed up with the wheeled case is one of those people coming to the doctors with medical samples to sell. They always look so chipper." Joan, that's because she doesn't have to take those pills.
But what marvellous sketches these are! Keep them coming RCharleston!

03-17-2013, 02:59 PM
Wonderful sketches. Your capture character so well with your style.

03-23-2013, 10:58 AM
Thanks very much, JoanT, Marmsk, and DrDebby for your comments!

It took me a long time to figure out that those well dressed people wheeling the wheel carts in and out of Dr's offices were sales reps......Kinda disconcerting, in a way, that there's so many of them distracting the Dr. with "why my brand is better than so-and-so's brand" all throughout the work day but I s'pose that's just me...

Here are five more...


At University ER


Sketch Attempt


ER Couple


Marsha's Sister


Sad Face

03-23-2013, 03:28 PM
I am sorry for all your time in the ER and clinics. Your sketches of people in poses of waiting are awesome.

Joan T
03-24-2013, 07:36 PM
You have captured so many different emotions in these.

03-29-2013, 09:58 AM
Thanks so much, DrDebby, Joan T, and all who've stopped by to look and/or comment on these sketches! The next five sketches will be the final installment for this journal. I culled most of the really repetitive poses down to a total of 50 and am glad to have had access to a place where they could be seen. Great forum you have here! Hope to be back with new material someday (Hopefully not from waiting rooms!) but, for now, studio projects are calling......


Screaming Rugrats


Woman with Book


Allergy Season


Grandma's Nurse


Aghast Face

03-29-2013, 02:29 PM
Oh my, I can relate to the woman with the children. This has been great viewing your sketches. I do hope we'll see you again soon with a new subject of sketches.

04-05-2013, 03:37 PM
Great sketches showing lots of character and personality in your subjects! Not something I can pull off yet...at all.

04-06-2013, 04:36 AM
these are fantastic! almost have a Rembrandt quality about them. Loved the captions too.