It’s almost time for this challenge again, the one where you draw a hundred people all during one (work) week. You might already know of the #OneWeek100People challenge. And if you don’t, here is a pretty detailed post from Marc Holmes, who along with Liz Steel, runs this challenge.
I tell everyone in all my People Sketching workshops to join in. It is an intensive, no-judgement way to get a lot of practice in, and have community to share with and learn from.
While the challenge has no rules about how you draw people, I usually stick with urban sketching. That’s going to be a bit of a challenge this year, as the county I live in still has covid cases and lockdown restrictions in place. So I’ve been try to make a list of alternative things I can do.
Here are some ideas:
- I’ll still try and get in some drawing on location. That might mean parking myself at a safe distance outside a grocery store and drawing shoppers. Or sitting in the park and sketching the walkers and joggers.
• I could use photo references to work on portraits. Or I might just do some self-portraits and try something interesting with them. Like this piece where I looked at myself in the mirror and drew the right side with my dominant hand and the left side with my non-dominant one.
• I’ve been joining online life drawing sessions every once in a while and I might do a session or two that week.
Some of the lifedrawing sessions I’ve enjoyed have been with
@londondrawing This group has live sessions as well as recordings you can purchase so you can sketch on your own time: https://londondrawing.com/product-category/online-class-recordings/recordings-of-online-life-drawing/
Here are some more ideas from Marc Holmes:
- download the Sktchy app on your phone for lots of people drawing references.
- use the YouTube channel, CroquisCafe (for nude figures)
- watch a movie or TV show and draw from it.
That seems like a lot of things to work with, doesn’t it? Now go make a plan for that week. 20 people a day isn’t impossible but it takes some planning. Join the facebook group and get inspired by the work shared there. Or just use the tag #OneWeek100People on any social media you share on.