Usually when people have noticed me sketching them or their children, they have asked me for a copy of the sketch (which I always give them). This was a new one.
Legally there is nothing wrong with looking at, sketching, or even photographing someone when they are somewhere that they have no expectation of privacy (i.e., when they are at a fast food restaurant). I learned this when I used to carry a camera everywhere that I went, trying to emulate the work of street photographers like Henri Cartier-Bresson. But I never thought that a sketchbook could be viewed as threatening.
As you can see from the sketch, you can’t even tell that she is wearing shorts. Let alone who she is, since I was drawing her from the back.
Never the less, the incident left me shaken. What do you think?