Yesterday I got back to my local cafe and did a few sketches with watercolour – combining ink and wash in various ways. A Chinese man got very interested in my work and took numerous photos (including a selfie with me) and a little video – sigh! The hazards of urban sketching! Actually this week has been very social. Every time I have sketches in public, someone has spotted me and looked over my shoulder. It’s been good to have this positive interaction while I am sketching.
On Day 2 evening, I also did this page sketching from Mark Simon’s Book: Facial Expressions. I have sketched the people in this book so many times, and know that I could use Sktchy instead, but for some reason I am a little attached to these people.
These sketches were completed very quickly and reinforced a few things I’ve been thinking about:
- My natural pace is fast and this is certainly the case with my people sketches. As a result I know that I will get a lot of out of whack sketches.
- I am getting more comfortable with distorted faces! It’s ok, that is going to be my style and I can live with it.
- I’m really interested in the best order to sketch facial features. I am finding that starting with the ears and then doing eyebrows and/or jawline and/or hair shape is working well for me as I get a better feel for the whole volume of the head.
- I need to find time for some more research so that my shorthand for various features becomes more accurate.
- I need to draw more full figures!
Two other ideas floating around in my head this week:
- It’s hard to sketch people with watercolour unless I am stationed in the one spot for a little while
- I’m finding my 1.2 inch dagger brush a little big so am going to try a smaller brush – the pocket dagger?
- I really want to try to put my people sketches into a scene so that I am telling a story. I am getting a little tired of the creating ‘multiple floating head pages’ in my sketchbook.
How are you going with the challenge? Are you see improvement?