For the past several years I've struggled to take along wee watercolor kits on vacation, thinking to do wonderful little color sketches of our travels. I have given it up. The kits attract attention, are messy, and the results are rarely anything I like later. This time I took my Moleskine and a brown Micron pen and that was it. Simplify, simplify.
One of the beauties of only having a notebook and a pen is that nobody plays me the least attention. One lady carrying a book and a towel peeked over my shoulder, but most people were essentially unconscious. Since I haven't found a nearby life study class, and like drawing people, all these sunbathers were perfect. Most stayed still for at least a couple minutes.
The first couple days I tried traditional sketches, but then I switched over to contour drawings. I just looked at the figures, then did the best I could, only looking down two or three times to keep the relationships reasonable. I like this one best.