Drawing is bad etiquette during meetings

Colleagues by Myfanwy TristramI do worry that it’s really rude to draw people, especially when you’re in a meeting with them. Presumably if it were a meeting of illustrators, we’d all be drawing each other, so it wouldn’t matter. But it wasn’t, so I’ve probably broken every rule in the business etiquette book.

The thing is, I don’t always get a chance to attend life drawing classes, and it’s really hard to resist when there are all these people sitting (almost) still right in front of me.

And – this is the crucial part – I can draw and listen at the same time, honest.

After a weekend of meetings and drawing, these are the results. I wasn’t striving too much for accurate likenesses,  so I hope that if any of the attendees are reading, they won’t take offence. For me it was all about the joy of practising – and the joy of the meetings themselves, too, of course.

Colleagues by Myfanwy Tristram

[Above] Bit of Photoshop added for lazy colouring-in, at home.

Colleagues by Myfanwy Tristram

Colleagues by Myfanwy Tristram

Colleague by Myfanwy Tristram

Colleagues by Myfanwy Tristram

[Above] Biro, giving a particularly harsh representation of people who are perfectly attractive in real life. : )

Colleagues by Myfanwy Tristram

Trees by Myfanwy Tristram[Above] When the people-drawing starts seeming too intrusive, there are always the trees outside the window.


    • Yes, that’s my experience. There’s also the bonus that when you look at them later, you can remember what was being said at the time. It’s like the ultimate visualising memory technicque.

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