Another two days of sketching people at my local cafe and a little bit of warmup beforehand (sketching from photos). My favourite sketch of the two days is this one of Anthony, the owner of the cafe. It was the last one of Day 2 when I was getting a little tired.
I like the other sketch I did of him too – when he was doing an extremely grumpy pose for me. I was laughing so much it was hard to concentrate on the sketch.
Both of these are very simple – just a few lines and a few strokes with my brush. This is what I want to achieve with my people sketches but it requires more anatomy study so that my simple lines more accurately capture the features and so that my washes relate more to the planes of the face.
Research is so critical when it comes to drawing moving people on location as you need to rely on your knowledge of the human body to fill in your sketch. You can’t just simply draw what you see as your subject is constantly moving.
I haven’t much time for research this week, but I think the main point of this challenge is to get me sketching people again and to motivate me to continue my study.
Here is a big dump of my pages from Day 2 and 3. All of these sketches are done in 2-3 minutes – approx. 1 min for drawing, approx. 1 min for painting and some observation time – so they are hit or miss… but always a lot of fun to do!
How are you going this week?