It was too dark to sketch during the opera workshop, which was called "Drag me to Hell." So I sketched this guy during the intermission.
The other quote was something I overheard at the diner. It's fun to surround a drawing with random words pulled out of the air. Sometimes weird sparks fly between the notes and the sketch because of the way our brains make associations.
I always carry a fountain pen (link to Amazon) in my shirt pocket. I refill it with brown fountain pen ink using a hypodermic syringe. I did the sketch in a watercolor sketchbookpocket watercolor set.
One person who inspires me on how to use written notes is the San-Francisco-based artist Paul Madonna, whose drawings are published in the newspaper and collected in the books All Over Coffeeand Everything Is Its Own Reward. He sometimes incorporates intriguing written notes into signs in the scene. His notes are often narrative fragments that don't relate directly to anything in the scene.
Other times, he combines a sketch of an unpeopled view with a longer text that describes human moments unrelated to the scene, inviting the reader to form their own images beyond the picture presented on that page.
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