Cafe Wednesday – turtles

It was cold yesterday so we were huddled underneath the awning next to the reptile shop to drink our coffee. At least we got the ‘desirable’ table right next to the tank of Eastern Long Neck Turtles. I love watching them swim about the tank, but they are also adept at just sitting underwater for long periods of time. I was particularly enamoured of the turtle stack in the corner of the tank.

A tank of Eastern Long Neck Turtles, pen and ink and gel pen, 8 April 2015

A tank of Eastern Long Neck Turtles, pen and ink and gel pen, 8 April 2015

A drawing in two parts

We were out on Easter Saturday and because our regular coffee spot was closed for the holiday we opted for an alternative venue. Ah new scenes to draw. Out came the trusty pen (Lamy Safari) and ink and the somewhat dodgy pen (Duke 209). My attention was caught by the plane tree framed by the cafe door. I also liked the people sitting on the right. So far so good. Then I thought I’d better capture the person on the left before they finished their snack and left. I realised too late that I’d drawn the person on the left at the wrong scale.

The original drawing, cafe pen and ink, 4 April 2015

The original drawing, cafe pen and ink, 4 April 2015

I couldn’t resist a little tweak using Photoshop to enlarge the figure on the left to get an idea of how the drawing might have turned out.

Re-jigged on Photoshop, the figure on the left enlarges to a more realistic scale.

Re-jigged on Photoshop, the figure on the left enlarges to a more realistic scale.

I’ll console myself with the old saying that “the only person who’s never made a mistake is the person who’s never done a thing”.