I did this bus driver sketch in 2017 on a trip from Portland to Boston.
Drawing people in public is one of my favorite things to do, but there are two main problems that hinder that kind of sketching. People are not good at sitting still and they generally don’t like to be stared at.
This is one of the reasons I love the Concord Trailways bus line that goes from Portland to Boston. I can usually get a seat almost across from the driver. They can’t really move that much, and can’t see me drawing them.
I did give this driver the sketch when we got to Boston. He laughed with surprise, thanked me, and put it in his bag, so I think he liked it.
I love drawing dogs from life. Unfortunately I don’t have a dog and I’m never around other people’s dogs long enough to draw them. That’s one of the reason I love visiting my brother in the Winter.
My brother’s black lab love to sleep by the fire place and will sit still for long stretches of time either sleeping or staring at the fire.
I’m sure if I had a dog of my own I’d get some chances to draw it. I don’t have a dog so I always take time out draw Pepper when I visit.
One of the groups drawing groups I belong to is a figure drawing group that meets Fridays at the University of Southern Maine. We sit in the round so sometimes the model’s back is to me.
The model is too far away to really see the details in the back muscles so I like to include the artists drawing her from the other side of the room.
This drawing was done about a year ago.