Like much of the rest of the world, these days I’m practicing social distancing. Trying to be creative while cooped up indoors is not exactly new (or even that hard for me). The hours spent at my drafting table usually speed by before I’m even aware that time has passed. However, since I prefer to focus on drawing and cartooning people, I’ve had to get a bit more imaginative with finding my subjects. And, while interactions between people are more likely to be made up in my mind at this point, the art of social distancing, as you’ll see below, still has provided much inspiration!
The art of social distancing…
Involves lots of people watching from our 4th floor apartment window.
Of course, at that considerable distance, it’s hard to see facial expressions and clothing details. That actually makes cartooning a bit easier since I’m not distracted as much by what my eye is seeing.
As you can see, the sketches above were done in my Moleskine sketch book. The paper is not watercolor paper per se, so I’ve been sticking to doing the coloring with my watercolor pencils and water brush pen.
And, voila! Here’s a snapshot of social distancing in action on the Upper West Side on St. Patrick’s day!
P.S. In case you’re wondering if social distancing is worth doing, here’s a very clever video that illustrates why you should do it.