Stopping for a Taco

Sketch by Sarah Sullivan of two people in a taco shop

Stopping for a Taco

A few days ago I stopped for a taco in the late afternoon. The shop was quiet, and I got an excellent seat for drawing. The ceiling of this shop has lots of interesting shapes and color, and I have had it in my mind for some time to sketch it.  A couple in my line of vision also caught my eye, and I included them. They had a lot of interesting body language going, and it was fun to attempt to capture it in a sketch. In the end, however, I did not like the result, and so this afternoon I reworked the sketch.

This time I drew on a sheet of paper that was completely covered with a base of gold watercolor grounds. I drew with pastel pencil, added color with gouache, and left about a third of the gold grounds unpainted. The background figures are now simplified and less sharp.

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4 Responses to Stopping for a Taco

  1. I reeeeeally love the colors! And I enjoy your passing-by sketches of people.

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  2. Sheila says:

    WOW – you DID it!!! LOL – LOVE the gold ground showing through other colors, Sarah. This is a wonderful technique – it glows. With a few more darks and/or opaques it could POP even more…. it is wonderful!


    • Sheila says:

      ps. My favorite area is the roof with its interesting shapes and bold splashes of vibrant color……with gold peeking through. Love the luminosity of the glasses too.


  3. Pingback: Taco Redo | Deliberate Sketching

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