Here’s a roundup of most of my #oneweek100people2017 sketches, and some random thought and comments.
Challenges all seem to work this way for me: they seem doable, then somewhere halfway through I am super-tired and don’t want to do them anymore. If I can get past that, it gets easier.
I tried to not mess with my normal schedule to do these. Except that I would extend a coffee break to get a few more sketches in. ( okay, one day my ‘break’ was almost an hour!), I got these done during my regular day, by browsing less and sketching in little bits of time between things. Ideally, I’d like to keep working more sketching into my schedule like this.
I thought this much ‘cafe sketching’ would mean I got bored, but interestingly, I didn’t: I think my new obsession is drawing hands: they really speak, especially in more static poses. Body posture and what you do with your hands says so much!
Sketching with simple tools (and rarely with a full watercolor setup) meant I could be quick, and I could take my work everywhere, especially if I used smaller sketchbooks. Some of my sketches are done standing in line at the post office, for a coffee…
While I did a few portraits of my family and some in coffeeshops, what I really love is capturing people in motion. Gesture drawing is still my favorite kind of people sketching. Can you tell?
My biggest takeout from this week of people sketching is that to keep drawing people, they have to be more than just figures and anatomy to you: you have to be interested in people. And you have to enjoy the inevitable interaction that the process involves. Otherwise, people will remain “stuff you add to a scene to give it scale”.
I ended up finishing all but one of these sketches in 4 days. Day 5 was a break day (with other sketching): I needed that break. But now I’m back, and I hope to keep sketching lots of people. I’ll be posting them on instagram as always with the hashtag #peoplesketch all year round. Join me?
If you did the challenge, what were your biggest takeouts? Was it important to you to get to 100? Did you set yourself a special challenge within the challenge? Did you learn anything from it? Share your comments here, I’d love to hear from you!