Thanks guys. Working from life is much funner than working from photos. You get to observe your subject in person, seeing all the nuances the camera just can't capture, occasionally meet the owner, listen to the comments of the other show attendees and just enjoy the whole experience, and something funny usually happens. I only started sketching at car shows last October. I'd been too self concious to do it before then but as I'd started sketching outdoors at parks and other public places for the past couple years inhibitions started to be worn down. Still, a car show is a public event, lots of spectators milling about in a relatively confined area, surely I'd draw much more attention.......turns out not.
It's suprised me how few people notice what I'm doing when I'm at a car show sketching. The first two sketches were from the same position, I could see both cars from that spot and I had a folding chair I was sitting on so I guess I fit in to the environment and in fact was asked several times if I was the owner of the car, (either one) but not once was I asked about my sketching, they apparently did not notice. The owner of the Bantam was sitting a few feet away while I was sketching it and never noticed until I was finished and showed him, his reaction was physical as well was verbal which assured me he wasn't just being polite. He walked over and looked at the other sketch as well and was obviously impressed.
A funny story about the custom Merc sketch. After I had done the initial lay-in a golf cart parked in front of it blocking my view of about half of it. I figured it would go away eventually and just worked on the part I could still see. Then the crowd started getting thick and finally to the point I could no longer see the Merc at all. I looked over to my right and saw two guys lying on creepers in the middle of the parking lot. I had been hearing about the upcoming creeper races over the PA for ten minutes or so, didn't realize I had set up to sketch right in front of the spot where they were holding them. All I could do was put the sketch down and enjoy the show until the crowd dispersed. All those people around me and if anyone noticed I was sketching they didn't give me any indication.
Now the '40 Ford PU sketch has probably the funniest story. This time someone did notice. I was sitting in the semi-shade of a small tree when someone walked by until a few feet past me he stopped and by the look of his shadow I determined he was now leaning in my direction so I looked up and said "Hi!" and resumed sketching, he leaned in closer. After another 20-30 seconds I look up again and he had this look of astonishment that totally caught me off guard, he then turned and walked away without saying a word and left me wondering what the hell that was about! lol