Drawing in Public: Feel the Fear and Sketch it Anyway

Drawing in Public: Feel the Fear and Sketch it Anyway

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A few years ago, I made my first few forays into urban sketching on the island of Mauritius. I’d just begun a six-month stay, but I didn’t yet know my way around, never mind what the big scary public would DO to a lone woman sketching. I was terrified about drawing in public. I hadn’t actually imagined any of the awful things that could happen – it was just general fear. Nonetheless, just two weeks after being given a book on urban sketching, I found myself looking for somewhere to sit across the street from a market stall in the crazy, noisy, chaotic Mauritian country town of Triolet, in sweltering heat. I had a huge straw hat on and enormous dark glasses, and I was listening to a local radio station via earphones – my feeble attempt at armour.
Drawing in Public: the market in Triolet

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