Drawing at Concerts



Recital at Imperial College
Recital at Imperial College


I have always enjoyed drawing people. I think that because finding sitters is not always easy and when found they do not always stay put, it can be better to go out and draw them in their own enviroment, at some place where they are already occupied.

Yundi Lee at the Royal Festival Hall
Yundi Lee at the Royal Festival Hall

I have a number of venues that fit the bill so it’s hard to say what my favourite is but it is hard to beat a concert for the excitement and stimulation it offers. I wonder if the music occupies the conscious mind leaving the unconscious mind in charge of drawing. This is an idea that came to me after reading The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards.

The idea is that the unconscious mind is the creative side and can really get going unhindered by the uptight over thinking usual of its other half … well I havn’t decided if this train of thought is going anywhere but it’s is an interesting thought nonetheless. I certainly feel fully engaged when drawing in concerts. Emersed in the music, the performers and the place and it greatly enhances my enjoyment.

Imagine my distress on hearing from a friend that my wife had written to Dear Mary in The Spectator Magazine complaining about me drawing.

Dear Mary Problem about Drawing in Concerts

Dear Mary 18th February 2017.

In general, people take a great interest in what I have drawn. Sometimes I even give the performer the drawing and they are thrilled. I have only ever had 2 complaints in the past.

Any advice?

Materials for Drawing in Concerts
Materials for Drawing in Concerts

Clutch pencil and lead pointer

A fine round and a short fat tombow eraser.

Some loose sheets of Ingres paper in a leather wallet of which I have a variety of fairly similar

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