On Thursday I created a little sketch of a guy who briefly walked through the Caribou Coffee shop I was sitting in. For some odd reason I had the desire to recall and sketch his image from memory to my Moleskine pocket sketchbook, a mere 30 seconds after he'd vacated the premises. I wanted to see how well I could capture his essence from memory alone. The result is the funky sketch you see here, entitled "Hey Beer Man."
Now I am actually unsure if said guy was a Beer man, however he did have a blue uniform on, complete with oval name tag (though I admit using the name Fred because I couldn't recall the real name) and matching blue baseball cap. In the moment as he passed, I got the idea he was a beer truck driver... don't ask me why. He's probably a washing machine repairman for all I know.
The point to all of the back-story for this silly little sketch is this: try sketching someone or something you've just seen without the reference of that object in front of you. It's challenging eh? But what's cool is, it requires you to reach back into your memory and recall your impression. It's a good exercise for improving your visual memory.
Why not give it a try?