Something amazing happened to me this morning while I was sketching people on my train journeys. It’s a little hard to put into words, but I feel like a switch was flicked today. For the first time ever I felt really comfortable, even confident, while sketching people in a super quick way. Each one of my sketches were completed in less than one minute and ‘the flow’ between eye and hand was happening.
I still have a LONG way to go in my people sketching – I am still drawing features poorly, I still have to learn how to capture the gesture and get proportions right and I still have so much to learn anatomy-wise – but oh! I suddenly feel ok with my mistakes! And I’m so happy about this. Note: I realise that I will have to keep this up to make sure it is not just a one-off occurrence!
I was intending to do some slower, more careful sketches today and add colour, but I really got into a fast pace while waiting for the train and just had to keep going. The fact that I am doing this as part of an international art challenge gave me the push (and confidence) to sketch standing up in a crowded train and I do think a number of people noticed what I was doing. No one said anything to me but it would have been fine if they had.
Tomorrow I want to be a little more careful with my lines and add some tone or colour. But at the moment I am happy with the number of lines I am drawing, so that when I add colour, my paint can do some of the work in defining the form.
I did more than my quota today (up to 53) which is great as that will free me up tomorrow to do some longer sketches. Did you see what Marc managed on Day 1 – so loose and descriptive. There is no doubt that he is the pro at this kind of challenge!
Day 2 tip: A lot of the edges on a face are soft edges and it is easy to create ugly looking characters if you draw too many lines in ink. So go easy on how much you draw in ink, and try leaving a wonky line as it is, rather than trying to correct it. Yes, this is another case where you have to ’embrace the wonkiness.’
How are you going? Would love to hear from you!
Please note. I have reconsidered my posting schedule for each week and decided to post each night while the work is fresh. So those that get my emails might notice two articles today – make sure you check out my Day 1 report as well!