Making A Mark is 17 years old


Yesterday was Making A Mark‘s 17th Birthday. 

This sketch appeared in my first post titled Two of my favourite occupations. It’s of people lunching in the Club Gascon in Smithfield and was the first ever sketch on Making A Mark on 13th December 2005. None of these people were posing for me. I was sat on the banquette at the side having a very nice lunch on my own and they were all sat in front of me having lunch and talking to the other guests.

A tutor once said to me “If you can draw people, you can draw anything” before making a strong recommendation to draw regularly and to draw people as often as I could.

It marked the start of some very steady sketching in restaurants and cafes of people eating and the food I was eating 

……which subsequently got posted to a second blog I started called Travels with a Sketchbook – which sadly died as I started to have a lot of trouble with walking and osteoarthritis.

This reminds me of an idea I had of going out once a month to somewhere nice to eat – and drawing the people and the food. I maybe ought to resurrect that idea in 2023! Now that I’m walking better and without pain, I should make my walks end at more interesting destinations – and maybe take my sketchbooks out again…..

The sketches I used to do generated 

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