Aim of the exercise: To take every opportunity to practice drawing people. We could use magazines, newspaper, TV etc as well as drawing groups of people from life eg sitting around a table, observing at a gallery etc. We were to aim to keep a fast pace with the sketching and to think about narrative.
What I experienced: I have had to have a break from the course for health reasons so I am trying now to get some of the exercises written up where I had managed to get some of the drawings done prior to having to take a complete break. So that is the reason for the difference in dates between the drawings and the write up for them. Hopefully this will also help me to ease back into the course as I have not been able to do any drawing for several months now.
I was nervous of drawing people in public so I started off with some drawings of reference photo’s on the laptop screen and of paused DVD’s, drawing these as rapidly as possible, and also attempting to copy some drawings by Rembrandt, Millais and Pissarro, trying to reproduce the type of marks that they had made in various media to help me to increase the range of marks that I use and how I use them.
I then moved on to attempting some rapid drawings of Maria from life, in various media, aiming to try and capture the moment.
The next attempts were drawn mostly in various coffee shops as it tended to give a somewhat captive audience. I did find it difficult though not to worry that somebody would object. All were drawn from life. I didn’t really realise until I tried this how much groups of people tend to move when sitting having coffee or talking.
What I feel went well: I enjoyed attempting the drawings and trying to capture what I could, as quickly as I could. I feel in some of them I have managed to capture the narrative, even if the drawing itself is not very good.
What I feel did not go well: I tended to be very hesitant in my approach and will need to try and become bolder. I still tend to concentrate too much on outline. I felt very tight and uncertain with the drawings on many occasions particularly while drawing members of the public. I am still finding it difficult to keep proportions accurate while drawing rapidly.
What I would like to do following this exercise: Practice drawing lots more people. Hopefully the more I draw, the more I will be able to get down the essentials of character, movement and life.