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A while back a fabulous Red Bubble artist, Madvlad, commented on one of my Italian sketches by asking me the question; “Where are all the I-tail-ian people?” This submission is in answer to Valt, but I am going to share a profound truth about drawing people.
“People do not sit still very long!” In fact, unless you make an arrangement with them, they seem to be particularly perverse about moving about as soon as I make a committed pen line to pad.
This is a compilation of a variety of sketches I made of people in Italy during our ‘98 trip there. Most of them are from restaurants, where I could sit down, observe the other patrons and pick out a few I thought I could capture a quick essence drawing of. Yet, as I soon learned, it ain’t that easy. AND, if they become aware of my attention to drawing them they usually react even less cooperatively.
The second half of the profound truth is that most inanimate objects are fixed in place and don’t seem to have any objections to being intensely looked at and drawn… go figure!
If any faces or folks stand out for you let me know in a comment. I’ll reply with further details about the who, where and what they were eating if you like. ;-)))


canson sketchbook, delight, europe, italy, pen and ink

A persona who has apparently lived a relatively long, varied and eclectic life. My Red Bubble portfolios reflect my seeming persona… and IF there’s any veracity to these reflections then some sense of HUMOUR and enjoyment should be PRESENT!
‘Ola!’ ;~}}}

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  • banrai
    banraialmost 4 years ago

    they all look sooo i-tail-ian to me… wonderful drawing!

  • Well, there are some fellow ‘tour-istas’ and the young man under the lettering was an Albanian waiter… complaining bitterly about how awful his country and Italy was….
    Thanks for your consistent support!

    – James Lewis Hamilton

  • madvlad
    madvladalmost 4 years ago

    quick draw
    you shot them all
    good try
    they were not
    but you nailed them anyway

  • Ah… yes, it’s in the moment… out in whatever environment… and whatever mood… and then they flow outa the pen and onto the page, capturing something of that instant…
    thanks… and stay warm… finger cramp if they get too cold! ;-)))

    – James Lewis Hamilton

  • flipteez
    flipteezalmost 4 years ago

    A Waterfall of Great Talent!
    Your work just captures your stories & theirs so well XXXXX

  • and you buoy my spirit so well… I bet sketching you would be difficult… “oh. just a sec” and then up and around… and so on…. wish I had the chance to try…xxx ;-))))

    – James Lewis Hamilton

  • flipteez
    flipteezalmost 4 years ago

    Now thats a smile l’ll wear all day ThAnKs dear friend! XXXX
    you’d have to find a lopsided canvas first :-P

  • not a problem… an artist adapts, adjusts… and does whatever… to illustrate the truth… and doing that about you would be pure joy!!!
    ;-))) xxXxx

    – James Lewis Hamilton

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