Moxie Mirror

moxie-mirror

This is a cool, big old looking mirror at a Moxie Java coffee shop.  I really liked the old mirror against the brick wall and the reflection in it of the front door.  This was a “quick sketch” just to keep in practice working at a quick pace.

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Boise

cafecapri

Just down from the Capitol building in Boise is this unique corner on Capitol & Idaho.  This corner used to be a Starbucks, then became a Tully’s Coffee, then became Caffe’ Capri Coffee and now is a Sushi joint.  I have a history of drawing cool local sites, only to see them go out of business or become something else more “hip”.  This is one of those.

Coffee People

CoffeePeople

You may have noticed I don’t do a lot of sketches of people.  The reason is they’re hard.  We don’t like hard, we like our comfort zone… This tells me I need to practice what I don’t like to get the most out of myself.  I keep a sketch pad with me that I practice with and I put no pressure on myself, just practice.  Let me tell you, there are some goooofy lookin’ people in that pad I have done wrong…  If I really don’t like it, I wad it up and practice my wastepaper basketball skills.  Win-win.  This guy came in from out of the pouring rain and sat down right in front of me and never moved! Perfect!  He just sipped his coffee and played on his IBM think pad that looked like it had some stories of its own.

Coffee People Watching

Coffee People

This lady sat down across the room from me and was great to sketch– profile, a cool bun-thingy going on with her hair, didn’t move but when she typed it sounded like a “Lord of the Dance” production.

Some Dude

Some Dude

I’ve been practicing drawing quick sketches of people and what I’ve learned is the key to drawing people is to never ever make that first initial awkward eye contact.  Never.  Because every eye contact after that gets awkwarder and awkwarder.  That’s why I prefer drawing inhumane things.  Wait, that’s wrong, un-human things.