People-watching is one of the many privileges of being an artist. I sketch every day and I think it's safe to say I have well and truly overcome any embarrassment I ever felt about drawing in public. It helps when the people I draw are as visually interesting as this cool Sixties stargazer, still standing up for his right to wear full-on flares with fringes and flowers. I often get carried away with detail and these fine pantaloons gave me the excuse I needed. The solid pose also gave me an excellent opportunity for a great character study.
This drawing uses a mix of media. For the transferred image I print out one of my digital photographs on an inkjet printer, place it face down onto a fine quality, heavyweight artpaper, soak the back in nail varnish remover and quickly pass it through an etching press. This pulls the pigments out of one paper and into the other, diffusing and mixing them as it does so. The effect throws up unexpected and sometimes spectacular combinations of colours. I then use fine point Faber Castell Pitt artists’ drawing pens for the line work.