Waiting guy, waiting dog, ink and gouache

Waiting for his stop; waiting for her owner; ink and gouache

He was waiting for his stop on the subway ride and she was waiting for her owner to come out of the book store on Solano. I used the gouache to hide the guy’s nose that I added by mistake. (It wasn’t visible at this angle but he turned his head and I said, “Oh, there’s his nose,” and sketched it in, and immediately saw it was wrong.) The gouache also nicely hides the false start of the dog and the waiter (see last picture below) too.

North Berkeley Fire Station, copic sepia ink

North Berkeley Fire Station, copic sepia ink

The North Berkeley Fire Station is round. The fire truck barn is a large round concrete building with pillars and attached round buildings where the firemen (and women) live when they’re on duty. At the bottom left of the sketch is the very back of the waiting fire truck, with flag flying, just returned from one call and ready and waiting for the next.

Waiting waiter, ink and gouache

Waiting waiter, ink and gouache

This waiter was on a break from the Inidan restaurant in front of which I was sketching. Although he was only about 20 feet away, he was so engaged in his phone call that he didn’t seem to notice me sitting on my little sketching stool, frantically trying to catch his gesture before he walked away. There’s another quickie of the waiting dog on this page too.

These were all from last Tuesday night’s sketchcrawl. I sketched in pen on site and then added the gouache at home.

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  1. I do so love that fire station. I just rode my bike to visit a friend in Albany, and there it was. Hope you’re well and enjoying this beautiful weekend. xo

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    • Thanks Lilly. What a perfect weekend to take a bike ride! I wish I’d thought of that myself. It was a beautiful weekend! And I took one extra day from work so it’s not quite over yet. Maybe I’ll get that bike ride in after all! Jana

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  2. I love the way your sketches look in sepia! While they are all wonderful, I am especially impressed by all the detail on the fire station! I don’t know if I could ever do that…..

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    • Thanks Casey. I just really love the detail so it’s fun for me. But it’s also why you will do 10 sketches full of life while I keep scribbling away on the same sketch. Jana

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  3. Hi Jana, I like the idea of doing your post on waiting. I don’t think I would sketch at all if it weren’t for the time I am just waiting for something or someone.

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    • Thanks Pat, I agree that waiting has gone from a nuisance to an opportunity to sketch. I hadn’t thought to mention that in the post so thanks for mentioning it. Jana

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  4. I’m so used to seeing normal watercolor with ink that I forgot how nice ink can look with gouache.

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