Last night my husband and I went to our favorite Indian restaurant for their special New Year’s buffet. I mentioned I wanted to sketch my dinner to get used to sketching in public without the local chapter of Urban Sketchers to act as a buffer. Oh, you can read about our new chapter in Jan 2019 issue of Drawing Attention
I was too hungry to sketch before eating, but after I was finished, I decided I’d sketch the plate of naan we had on the table, along with my empty chai cup. I’ve sketched in public before, and have had people come up to me, but never when I’m on my own. A few of the workers stopped as they passed by to see what I was doing. No one screamed “OMG THIS WOMAN IS DRAWING THIS HORRIBLE PICTURE”, no one made me stand up to share my work with the whole restaurant, no one really even spoke more than a few phrases in passing as I drew.
Drawing in public is scary to a lot of people, but based on my experience, we create that fear. There’s no phsyical danger in it. No one really cares what you’re doing, they’re too concerned with themselves. You could be on your phone, or in your sketchbook. Which is more rewarding?