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.
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.
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.
I recently picked up a hot drink at a coffee shop in our area and they have taken the coffee cup sleeve that protects your hand from getting burned and made it into the whole cup! Brilliant!! When I saw it, I laughed because it reminded me of the Jerry Seinfeld observation, “What’s the deal with a plane’s “black box?” If the black box is the only thing that survives a crash, why not build the whole plane out of black box?” Epic.