About three weeks ago, I went to the SameAs.Us event in London, talking about art and technology. It’s taken me that long to drag my massive 2001-era scanner out of the cupboard and scan in these pictures from the event.
I solved the problem of not really being that good at paying attention to talks by doodling and sketching my way through the whole night – this also solves my problem of having to socialise with people. I just keep sketching when they declare a break for beer. It’s not that I’m shy, I’m just usually extremely worn out by getting to these events, and the evenings are my best time for drawing. I’m useless in the mornings. I usually count it as a success if I make breakfast and coffee before 1pm.
But all the interesting stuff happens in that sweet spot, of evening productivity, so I’m left with the option of becoming a weird bedroom-dwelling hermit or looking like a paint-stained freak in public. For now, I’m flying a small freak flag at some events.
The crowd was especially fun to draw, with the speaker being in the top left (Chris Thorpe of Artfinder, standing next to one of the hosts of SameAs.us, Kaitlin Thaney). Nearly everyone else was sat on the floor, so I had a good view of a wide variety of people, all sitting still. Handy stuff, if you want to do drawings of people. Even better than drawing people talking on their mobile phone – no pacing and hand gestures!