Sunday, November 30, 2014

Reportage Sketching at the Tanger Mall, Riverhead

You really never know when a sketching opportunity will present itself...and you should always be prepared.  I decided to go out to the Tanger Outlet Mall in Riverhead and do some shopping and then I planned to find a spot to sketch.I was on line in the Loft Outlet waiting to pay for something when the fire alarms went off. They made all of us evacuate the store and many people were clustered outside including all the sales people. I decided to use the opportunity to sketch while we waited. I had a good ink pen for sketching in my purse but my sketchbook was in the car at the other end of the mall. I did find my book of outlet coupons so I sketched on the back few pages which had coupons for hotels and assorted things in the area which I knew I wouldn't use. I did the ink sketches on location but added the watercolor when I got home. Without the color it was just to hard to make out the figures over all the print on the page.

These two women were sales personnel from the store. Luckily it was a warm day and they really didn't need coats.

The woman on the left worked in the store but the woman on the right was a customer.

There were a lot of emergency vehicles in the parking lot by the affected stores. I sketched those too. It took about 45 minutes before they finally let everyone back inside. (No, that isn't fire behind the firetruck. It was trees and once I put the color on I couldn't get it to lighten. lol)

That's my reportage sketching from my day! Hope yours was fun too.


  1. That is a real reportage, Joan! Love the coupons- happy accidents!

  2. Thanks, Melanie! It was too good of an opportunity to let pass me by. lol

  3. Great sketches Joan. Love the "improv".