#OneWeek100People2017: Day one

Day One of #OneWeek100People2017: I wasn’t sure if I would be able to draw 20 brush portraits in a day but I did manage to get it done. On my way to school I started off in a shopping centre but it was too early in the morning and there was no one to draw. My second stop was the McDonald’s across the street — lots of people drinking coffee and eating egg sandwiches, but hardly anyone on their phones which was somewhat of a relief. In 90 minutes I managed to get 16 of these done, so a little over 5 minutes each. After school I stopped at Tim Horton’s to do the last four.

So what did I discover? Lots of things, but not all of them related to drawing portraits.
1: I can’t count (I drew #16 twice).
2: Out of the 20 people sitting nearby while I drew, only three were women.
3: I liked this more than I thought I would. In fact, I was having so much fun I almost missed my class.
4: At a certain point the portraits started to improve and then they slowly went downhill again (my favourites are 7-10)
5: The more you draw, the more comfortable you become with people looking over your shoulder. People don’t seem to mind being drawn and I had a lot of nice chats while I sat there.

All in all, a successful first day. Tomorrow I will be drawing in the school cafeteria during my lunch break so I suspect the cell phones will reappear in the portraits.


34 Comments on “#OneWeek100People2017: Day one”

  1. This is really fun. I paticularly like #17


  2. gaelle1947 says:

    Love the multitudes of expressions and admire your direct painting. By the time this challenge is finished, you’ll be in fine form to be a court artist! I have a friend who does this (and this pays quite well, I hear!)–yet can’t imagine a more stressful job just the same. Looking forward to more of your work! This is a great idea.


  3. linder322 says:

    These are so much fun! I like #15 who looks like he might be getting angry….possibly reading news about Trump?


  4. Oh, Shari, you have raised the bar. These are wonderfully descriptive portraits. I only did gesture drawings working in pencil. But i found, as you did, that it was fun, that i got better at first and then worse. Today i worked in the gym. I’ll try the library tomorrow. I’ll be really happy if i get 50 by the end of the week.


  5. Jane Pfeiffer says:

    I think these are wonderful! Just curious – how big would you say each drawing is?


  6. joantav says:

    Great sketches…funny that you found so many men to sketch. I thought about your idea of using the single watercolor color to simplify your sketches. I used a Pentel ink brush which helped me sketch fast and leave out a lot of detail. Maybe tomorrow I’ll use my Elegant Writer pen and add some washes…I have an appt to have my oil changed so Nissan Service will be my starting point tomorrow.


  7. Alison R. Hall says:

    Great! I’m so impressed with the brush drawings. Reading Holly’s comment made me realize I could still try my hand at this even if I can’t get 100 done. So, off to Tim Horton’s I must go!


  8. timdada says:

    Wow, what a great concept. And what a great project.

    I always look forward to your emails. This one is why.

    Sincerely, Tim (btw, we had the coldest, wettest winter in 20 years here in Sonoma County).

    Hope we both have an early Spring.



  9. Judy Sopher says:

    Nice work. Love the clean brushwork. My sketches are not so organized. Various sizes,different pens. But was a lot of fun. I thought I was getting better after awhile, but maybe wishful thinking– some were pretty bad.


  10. rosjenke says:

    What a marvel you are. A busy gal and you can still turn out sketches like this. Inspirational stuff!


  11. anne farmer says:

    Well done! You’ll be drawing in your sleep


  12. aliquo says:

    Ahh, you’re so talented! I love the detail in these pictures.


  13. Marie-N. Chouinard says:

    Magnifiqe Shari! Tu captes aussi bien les gens que la lumière. Mes préférés sont 4-6-12-13-15-16.
    Une personne et son cellulaire est un espace fermé. C’est là qu’on remarque que plus personne ne regarde les autres, sauf de rares individus, ou ceux qui dessinent.
    Quand on regarde un film d’une époque où il n’y avait pas de téléphones portables, on fait ouf!


  14. Amy says:

    These are wonderful!


  15. Judy Sopher says:

    Looking at your work again and after trying a brush pen I have–your work is amazing. You had written somewhere that you changed to a smaller pointed brush pen. What are you using? Thanks.


  16. This is great 🙂


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