Coffee Shop Sketches

Hello Citizens of the Blogosphere,

One of my favorite weekend activities is spending time in coffee shops to sketch and draw.

Although I could easily make coffee and sketch at home, there is something about the coffee shop experience that I am drawn to.

Coffee 1Perhaps it’s the ambient music, or the random conversations you happen to overhear. Or maybe it’s because such an experience affords one the opportunity to exist in the world, without having to be a player in it.

In between sips and sketches, I look up to observe the people around me. Every person is a walking narrative and each one holds inside them the source of my inspiration. As I listen to them tell the stories of their lives, I am able to live through them for just a few moments. I imagine that they are characters in a movie, who live complex and alluring lives. I craft stories about them in my mind, and draw illustrations that encapsulate their personalities. The pages of my sketchbook preserve the distorted images I manage to concoct.

My little “Audrey” world is a microcosm. A place where simple things become interesting through anthropological examination and uninhibited imagination. It is a small world in a big, big world of monotonous reality.

As an adult,  I have found a way to live in reality most of the time.

However, my origins lie in my own little world, which I visit as often as I can.

Here are some pictures from my last trip.

Coffee Shop Sketches-

A note on the supplies I used:

A few readers have been asking me what supplies I use to create my illustrations.

Here’s a short list of the supplies I used to create these, in case you are interested.

That’s all for now!


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Copyright Notice:

All images contained in this post are copyrighted by the artist. All rights reserved. Please do not use these images without permission.

I encourage you to share these images, but if you do please give me credit as I worked hard to create these pieces.

Thank You!

18 thoughts on “Coffee Shop Sketches

    1. Thank you. That tends to be how I feel a lot. Perhaps that is why I was drawn to Anthropology as a major in college. I found my home as an outsider looking in. Participating in someone else’s world somehow makes my own seem more meaningful.


  1. These are beautiful! And thank you for sharing your experiences with different art materials. Your reviews are really helpful. I’m going to have to save up for some of those oil-based color pencils.


    1. Thanks, Lucchesa! I’m glad to here the reviews are helpful. Yes, I would definitely recommend trying out some oil based pencils. On a side note, I also worry about cost when it comes to art supplies. Something that I have started to do is purchasing a smaller set to start. That way, you can see if you really like a product before investing tons of money in it. -Audrey


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