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RCharleston
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

catjoe
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.

kathy

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

DrDebby
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.

jacquip
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.

RCharleston
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...

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

JTMB
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.

mhimeswc
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.

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

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

RCharleston
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

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

JennyMK
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!

RCharleston
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

DrDebby
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!

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

RCharleston
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...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Feb-2013/134997-Small_Face.jpg
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Feb-2013/134997-Monday.jpg
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Feb-2013/134997-Republican_Lady.jpg
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Feb-2013/134997-Scooter.jpg
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Feb-2013/134997-Blue_Reader.jpg

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

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

JTMB
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!

RCharleston
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...


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Feb-2013/134997-Charlie_Sketch_II.jpg
Charlie Sketch II

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Feb-2013/134997-Figures_at_Counter.jpg
Figures at Counter

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Feb-2013/134997-6th_Hall351.jpg
6th Hall

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Feb-2013/134997-Familiar_Face_But_No.jpg
Familiar Face but No...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Feb-2013/134997-Surf_Lady.jpg
Surf Lady

bookscorpion
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.

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

vhere
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.

Scattykat
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:

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

thevaliantx
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!

RCharleston
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...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Mar-2013/134997-Cap_Man.jpg

Cap Man

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Mar-2013/134997-Waiting_Room_Doodle.jpg

Waiting Room Doodle

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Mar-2013/134997-Memento_Mori.jpg

Memento Mori

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Mar-2013/134997-Blue_Note.jpg

Blue Note

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Mar-2013/134997-Quick_Sketch_Mother_and_Daughter.jpg

Quick Sketch/Mother and Daughter

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

RCharleston
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...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Mar-2013/134997-Skinny_Lady.jpg

Skinny Lady

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Mar-2013/134997-Blue_Sports_Injury_Man.jpg

Blue Sports Injury Man

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Mar-2013/134997-Nothing_to_Worry_About.jpg

Nothing To Worry About

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Mar-2013/134997-Receptionist_and_Supervisor.jpg

Receptionist And Supervisor

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Mar-2013/134997-Woman_on_the_Phone.jpg

Woman On The Phone

DrDebby
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!!!

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

Here are another five...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Mar-2013/134997-Pain_Clinic_Flirt.jpg

Pain Clinic Flirt

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Mar-2013/134997-Father_and_Daughter.jpg

Father and Daughter

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Mar-2013/134997-Late_Night_Hospital_Delusions.jpg

Late Night Hospital Delusions

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Mar-2013/134997-A_Dying_Breed.jpg

A Dying Breed

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Mar-2013/134997-Sleepwalker.jpg

Sleepwalker

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.

Marmsk
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!

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

RCharleston
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...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Mar-2013/134997-University_ER.jpg

At University ER

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Mar-2013/134997-Sketch_Attempt.jpg

Sketch Attempt

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Mar-2013/134997-ER_Couple.jpg

ER Couple

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Mar-2013/134997-Her_Sister.jpg

Marsha's Sister

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Mar-2013/134997-Sad_Face.jpg

Sad Face

DrDebby
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.

RCharleston
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......

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Mar-2013/134997-Screaming_Rugrats.jpg

Screaming Rugrats

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Mar-2013/134997-Woman_with_Book.jpg

Woman with Book

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Mar-2013/134997-Allergy_Season.jpg

Allergy Season

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Mar-2013/134997-Grandmas_Nurse.jpg

Grandma's Nurse

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Mar-2013/134997-Aghast_Face.jpg

Aghast Face

DrDebby
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.

JTMB
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.

ccoppola82
04-06-2013, 04:36 AM
these are fantastic! almost have a Rembrandt quality about them. Loved the captions too.