There is this construction sign that I always see while out for short lunchtime strolls. I figured it would be quick and easy to sketch. As it turned out, it was quick, but not exactly easy. Aligning the graphics of squared or rectangular signs is easy; doing the same on the sign shown below was actually rather challenging. This was my fourth and final attempt, and it goes to show that just because something looks easy to sketch, that may not always be the case!
Washington, DC can get very hot and humid during the summers, and sometimes you unfortunately end up on the one Metro car with either minimal or even non-existent air conditioning. When that happens, my fountain pen can get somewhat slippery to hold in the moistened environment. At least I don’t have to wear a tie on those days like the poor soul in this sketch!
This is from a sketchbook back in 1999. The central drawing on the page was inspired by a job interview I had, which gave me what could best be described as “butterflies in the stomach.” I was also working at the time in a store that specialized in upscale writing instruments, so I always had access to pricey fountain pens and various inks to experiment with.