Have you heard of #OneWeek100People? It’s a challenge Marc Holmes and Liz Steel launched last year and they’re doing it again this year. (See this post from Marc and this one from Liz for details). I did the challenge last year and it was hard to stay focussed and to find the time, but I did. (Here are most of them.) And I not only got quicker over the week, I also learnt a lot about how I work.
I have some things in particular I want to focus on this year. One of them is working with shape, before getting to line, like this one below.
I did this spread in my Laloran sketchbook last week over coffee. And I’ll certainly do some more over that week, but it took me a good half hour to get through the spread of 6 people. That’s not going to cut it when I’m trying for 20/day.
So I’ll be doing a lot of the same sort of thinking/drawing but in black and white, which makes it quite a bit quicker.
Same coffee shop, about 20 minutes…
But even that might not take me to 20/day on a really busy day. So I’ll be mixing in quick gesture drawing and some life drawing too. And I will work from magazines and video on days that I can’t make it out to sketch.
One great bit is, I’m never short of models. My kids are used to me drawing them.
And if I hit the middle of the week and am getting nowhere, I plan to take a couple of hours off one afternoon, head down to the mall and fill pages and pages with gesture drawing. All those people carrying bags, pushing strollers and eating at the food court make great studies.
So I think I have a plan. I’ll see how it goes and improvise as I go along.
Are you in? Will you be doing the challenge? It should be fun, and if you don’t get through a hundred, you’ll still push yourself, do more people sketching than you usually do and learn new things for sure. Which is what the challenge is about.