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One of my favorite places to draw is in bars. I get a place to sit, a surface if I’m lucky, booze, and a never ending supply of people to draw.
A lot of times I’m ignored and I can just go about my business. Once in a while, though, someone will look over my shoulder, see what I’m doing, and inevitably, I’ll get, “Ooh, are you an artist? I wish I could draw.”
I know it’s my own fault for drawing in public like that, but seriously, how am I supposed to respond to that? What do people expect?
Am I supposed to offer them a drawing lesson? Offer to do a sketch for them? Sometimes they’ll ask me to draw them, or they’ll tell me what their dream sketch is.
One guy told me he wanted a big titted amazon woman holding a sword aloft while sitting astride a dragon. I told him I’d paint it for him for two grand. He turned me down.
A lot of time people ask me to design tattoos for them. I turn those down for my own reasons.
My point is, though, I’m not a trained monkey. I’m not drawing in public looking for work or attention, I’m drawing in public because I need people to draw.
Drunk people flirting with each other are the best, since they don’t move a lot and they’re too drunk to notice you staring creepily at them.
It could be, though, that I just don’t know how to take a compliment.