As I haven’t really been sketching people since the One Week 100 People challenge last year Day 1 was all about getting into the rhythm!
I managed to do a little research in the morning and then headed to my local cafe in the afternoon. It’s normally very busy here so I was completely thrown by the fact that there were no customers at all when I arrived.
Sketching staff who not only move a lot, but also are aware of what I’m doing is a hard way to start. So it was all about just having a go. I know from previous years that it gets significantly easier after a few days.
Thankfully the cafe got busy after I had done a few warmup drawings. (BTW I won’t be counting my line drawings this year.)
I’m using a smaller book this year – a Stillman and Birn Softcover Alpha 8.5 x 5.5. I like the layout of this book for sketching people (6 people across a double-page spread) but it means more drying time. As I’m working from right to left (an advantage of being a leftie) I was able to start on the new spread before the previous one had fully dried.
Today I seemed to be drawing first, then adding skin-coloured wash to all faces on the spread, and then painting hair and clothing. Tomorrow I might do something different.
Even though I have easily done this challenge in previous years, I often feel the pressure of doing 100 at the start of the week. Will I be able to fit all this sketching into five busy days? But of course, I know that I can do it! Today I managed to have my coffee, do some warmup contour drawing, hit my target of 20 watercolour people and write this blogpost all in one hour.
I expect that tomorrow I’ll be more relaxed and might spend longer with each sketch.