Last Saturday we treated ourselves to breakfast at the local coffee shop – I ordered pancakes but unfortunately the mix must have been very sweet, plus they sprinkled on icing sugar and topped it with syrup. They were far too sickly! Even so their coffee was nice and I managed to do this quick sketch.
Here is a quick evening sketch of a reusable coffee cup that I rediscovered …unfortunately I can’t really put it to much use now as the main idea was to use it when visiting a coffee shop. As the dreaded virus is rampaging in the Philippines at the moment, going out for a coffee seems like a distant memory.
Here is a quick sketch from last weekend done when we stopped for a cup of coffee (yes we are allowed to do that – just with social distancing – and we are only allowed to sit for an hour at most). I didn’t quite finish this but thought I’d post it anyway.
We’ve been through various coffee makers, some of which were more trouble than they were worth, but we always end up coming back to the French press coffee maker on the right which we have had for 25 years. The blue one on was a recent addition – so that we can have decaf and caffeinated coffee on the brew at the same time.
On Sunday for a change we had breakfast in Starbucks. This is the view from the window – the big building is a fairly new block of, what appears to be, offices. Being an architect I sometimes despair at seeing such ugly buildings – there are plenty of good architects here but I think developers just want the cheapest solution and pay architects peanuts if they employ them at all.
Yesterday I ventured out again, this time to take my daughter to another virtual socially distanced graduation gathering. After having dropped her I thought I could go for a coffee. Starbucks was open, but you can only ‘dine in’ for an hour max, there is tape all over the chairs to stop people sitting next to each other, the cosy atmosphere is all gone and it was actually completely empty. So I just took my coffee home. Seems like there is still a very long way before things go back to anything like normal.
This is the sketch I did at the airport in Manila waiting to depart for another work trip. I’ve not been at all satisfied with many of my sketches recently and this one I still feel is a bit of a disaster – especially the guy on the right whose head looks all wrong. Anyway at least I tried…must do better!
I think I have officially given up on #Inktober prompts – just too many other things to sketch. Here is one done at a Starbucks cafe in Greenhills shopping center …while I was waiting for my laptop to be repaired (the repair place tried to get me to replacing the hard drive which they said was failing…but somehow I think it was a con). A bit more scribbly and inkier than usual.
Here is my third sketch for #Inktober2019 – the prompt was bait, but as I only sketch from life I struggled to find anything to draw. In the end I found these packets of coffee with the name of a fish on them! A tenable connection at best.
After our little hike last Sunday we stopped for a coffee on the way home. This little cafe (called Park, Rest and Dine) has real character and lots of quirky decor… including what seems to be an indoor banana plant!