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Hey Beer Man Sketch

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. hey-beer-man.jpgI 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?

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Reader Comments (5)

Hi Mike

You are just so unbelievable. And again you found something to (positivly) challange us.Thanks for that.Rolf
January 21, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterRolf Gloor
Hi Mike. Like your sketching, and your blog. Being relatively new to the blogosphere, I'm currently discovering lots of great stuff. Like the fact that there are other people (as if I didn't know) who enjoy pen(cil) and paper, and carry a notebook (yep, I have got a Moleskine too) around. The only thing I hadn't thought of yet, was that you can actually post your pocket book scribblings too. Something to remember - but only when my sketches ever get good enough... In the meantime I'll just use it as I have so far: to jot down ideas, thoughts, to do lists, and yes, draw silly little things in on the train, the bus or during a not so interesting meeting.
January 22, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterSerge
Rolf, thanks for the kind words! It is always good to hear that my little sketches are having positive impact.

Serge, thanks for your kind words! I'm very happy to have you visiting and leaving comments on the site. Also glad to hear you have been inspired to keep a journal, and as with Rolf, I am happy to hear of others keeping a little analog in their lives to balance out the reliance on techno all round us. :-)
January 24, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterMike Rohde
You are just so unbelievable. And again you found something to (positivly) challange us.__

This is correct to the last cent; you've cut it very fine!
February 3, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous
Very good!!!
February 3, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterTony

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