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.

Published by Myfanwy Tristram

I am an illustrator, situated in Brighton on the south coast of England, and with a special interest in comics and graphic memoir. I also work for a non-profit which encourages people to be active in democracy and to exercise rights such as the right to information through FOIA.

2 thoughts on “Drawing is bad etiquette during meetings

    1. 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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