Gearing up for #OneWeek100People2017Posted: March 3, 2017
If you follow sketchers on social media, you’ve probably already heard a lot of buzz about the worldwide drawing event that will be on next week. Started by Marc Taro Holmes and Liz Steel, it’s called One Week 100 People, and the goal is to draw 100 people in one week (March 6-10), as well as share your drawings using the hashtag #OneWeek100People2017. I loved the idea of the challenge as soon as I heard about it, and I can always use some practice drawing figures.
If you decide to participate, it’s probably a good idea to figure out what you want to accomplish at the end of this. I wasn’t sure what my personal goal would be, so I set out today to figure out what materials I would use. If I intend to draw 20 people per day, I need a fast technique to achieve this, materials that I can carry with me at all time, and of course a commitment to follow through.
I am lucky to have plenty of models available at school, so on my break I sat myself down in the cafeteria to see how quickly I could get this done. My aim is to complete these watercolour sketches with no preliminary pencil drawing, just a small travel brush and some Payne’s grey watercolour. I drew the first two figures in a small Stillman & Birn Beta sketchbook (3.5″ x 5.5″), spending just a few minutes on each. I think working small is key, at least for me.
The first two sketches came out ok, so I turned the page. The next ones were pretty awful, but the goal for this is to just keep going and see what happens.
The third practice spread was less messy, which led me to think that I may just keep it to one figure per page. If the person walks away — and that will happen often — I can just continue with someone else in the same position. Or leave it unfinished.
The last two figures took me a little longer and ended up overworked. I prefer the simplicity of the simpler lines and shapes. That’s what I will be striving for.
So what’s the hope when all this is done? I would love to develop an ability to draw simple figures with a brush. Figures with some personality, drawn with an elegant line and thoughtful shapes. Will you be participating? What’s your goal? I’ll be posting on Instagram all week using the hashtag #OneWeek100People2017, and I hope to see your work there too.