Today I did some super fast sketches, but wasn’t feeling it when it came to any of them. This is one I managed to doodlewash, but it’s super loose and looks a bit insane. It’s actually of one of two diners called Town Topic in the city. The second one on the next block is a popular late night destinations for after bar eating.
My loose sketching has gotten a bit out of control I fear, so I only posted this one as the establishment is known to attract drunks in the evening so perhaps it’s fitting. There also appear to be birds in the distance that magically appeared, but I swear I wasn’t drunk for this one.
Town Topic opened its doors in 1937, but its hamburger heritage is even older than that—the turrets on the corners of the little shack in the second location (not pictured) show that in fact it was once a White Castle. The colorful crowd late at night is a sight to behold, and the food tastes extremely good, though not on any rational diet menu.
It’s been years since I was there late at night, but I remember seeing things that would make even the most lascivious people blush. And so perhaps this crazy loose version is fitting, somehow, since many people have never eaten there when they were sober.
The truth is, I had to rush through this one so Philippe and I could watch our new show on Netflix – Sing it On, the real world of a cappella singers. Wow… I probably should have just falsely admitted to drunk doodlewashing because that reveal was almost more embarrassing.
But one thing about this show I’ve noticed that I love is the passion. These singers are super passionate about what they do, and because of that, they’re really endearing. Philippe keeps asking me, “but what do they DO after this?” and I honestly have no response for him. But who cares, that level of passion and commitment is amazing!
Even though I felt like skipping a day because I lacked the time, I didn’t. And this seemingly drunken doodlewash is proof that I’m hooked. Even when the day seems to be falling away from me, I can’t help but doodlewash! And to me, that counts as passion. So cheers!
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