Whilst studying at the Cambridge School of Art, I learnt a wonderful habit of sitting in the windows of coffee shops and drawing what I saw.
My tutor, a brilliant man, called Douglas Jeal, used to say to us constantly that we had to learn to get our drawings down on paper at different speed. Some of us would spend such a long time creating studies, but few of us were able to jot down an image at a fast pace. So, to practice, we would sit somewhere where we could watch and observe life, then draw what we saw! Of course, what we were looking at would move quickly (invariably people out and about shopping and traveling somewhere), or stay still for short amounts of time, so we had to capture the essence of the subject fast!
Wherever I was, as long as I had my sketchbook on me, I would starting drawing whatever it was that I saw. I came across these studies, that I made on a train journey one time. Needless to say, the subject matter might not be very interesting (a seat, a tree, a pylon) but the overall binge like spatter of images across the pages are quite extraordinary:
Spot the one that turned into more of a doodle…I’m pretty sure this just came out of my head after seeing so many countryside trees whizz past my train seat window:
© Marc Godfrey 2013