What To Look For When You Choose Your Table In A Café

drawing a science fiction story in a Moleskine sketchbook with pen and ink in a coffee shop

Yesterday I wanted to continue drawing a sketch for a post-apocalyptic story of mine just a bit more before I got to work, so I went to one of my favourit spots at the Cineplexx near the Danube river. But as it was still very early in the morning (I try to get up at 6 AM every day) the cleaning person had put two seats in front of every entrance to the food court, thus not allowing intruders like me to enter.

No problem, I said, and waited untill the café right next to the food court opened its doors.

This had happened before, so I knew the café and knew that it was more or less affordable. You know, christmas is coming 🙂

And although I had been in this café before, I made the same mistake I do everytime I get into that café: I chose the wrong table. I chose the table with the wall behind me, a table on which you can comfortably overlook a big part of the scene. The kind of table I would – by instinct – usually choose if I wanted to draw some of the cafè’s early birds.

drawing a science fiction story in a Moleskine sketchbook with pen and ink in a coffee shop

But you can see the problem with this table in the image below:

drawing a science fiction story in a Moleskine sketchbook with pen and ink in a coffee shop
drawing a science fiction story in a Moleskine sketchbook with pen and ink in a coffee shop

A scene from a post-apocalyptic story

The light is very dim. As always, I didn’t notice it at first. I just wondered why I was that tired and even dizzy after drawing just an hour or something. If you are writing or drawing you get tired faster if the light is not right. This is even more so, if you are constantly getting not enough sleep.

bad light for drawing

Bad light for drawing

So, when you are sitting in a café and you do not want to chat with somebody, but want to get some work done, always choose the table with the best light. Even if you feel very exposed on this table.

About six metres to the right of “my” table the space opens up a little bit and the tables have additional LED lights. I will sit down by one of these tables from now on.

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3 responses to “What To Look For When You Choose Your Table In A Café

  1. John you are 100% right about the light situation. Lack of sufficient light can make me drowsy when I am sketching and drawing. It is important to be “in the zone” and comfortable when one is being creative. Create for yourself!!! Fame & recognition are just passing water under the bridge of life my friend! Keep cranking that wonderful self expressive art out!!! By the way, I see the influences of H.R. Giger, Guillermo Del Toro’s Pans Labyrinth in your original fantasy artwork. It is AWESOME that you met Dario Argento & got his signature in your Art book!!! Did you realize that almost all of Argento’s protagonists in his films are all ARTISTS of some sort.(Dancers,painters,writers,musicians etc..) Nice bit of trivia from someone who has to much time on his hands! —-RJ from (silverscreenshadowplay.wordpress.com)

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    • Yes, I had the pleasure to meet Dario Argento at the premiere of his latest movie and could not resist to ask him if he would autograph my sketchbook. I didn´t know that the casted artists, but that´s a cool detail 🙂
      Oh, I´m actually a big John Carpenter fan. Snake Plissken and the Thing are two of the movie characters which had the biggest impact on me – together with Conan of course :)) Del Toro rocks, too!

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