One Week 100 People: the final dozen

My total output of people drawings never even approached 50 this week. It’s midterm and there was just too much to do at school. But I was determined that today I would churn out a few sketches so I carried my sketchbook with me to the hair salon and followed that with a visit to McDonald’s.


My people sketches always tend to be a bit flat, like cartoon characters — the heads too small, not enough distance between eyes and ears — so my goal today was to capture volume.


The tools I am using are not very precise — a brush pen and a water brush which often releases too much water — but I like that. You can’t get too finicky with the brush which means you have to move on to the next sketch.


Today was the first day I felt like the drawing was loosening up, perhaps because it’s the end of the week and I’m more relaxed.


Most of the people at McDonald’s sit for a long time so I was able to draw a little bit slower than on other days. I kept on drawing even if I had a false start, like the sketch of the older gentleman with the baseball cap.


My favourites from the week are the last two because I feel I captured a bit of character as well as volume — the lady who was having lunch and listening intently to her daughter tell her that a woman seated behind was drawing her, and the older man who spent a good long time staring into space, just contemplating life.


I really believe in the process of constant practice with drawing, and like last year during this challenge, things do start to happen after a few dozen sketches. Have a look online (do a search using #oneweek100people2018) and see what other people have been sketching. You’ll see what I mean!

8 Comments on “One Week 100 People: the final dozen”

  1. -N- says:

    I tried. I drew 2. And then we had a leak in the house, and that was it! Nice studies despite the busy schedule.


  2. kamipics says:

    Hi there, great job as always!


  3. i know what you mean. Last night i was at an opening reception at a museum. The faces were so fascinating that it wasn’t long before pencil and tiny sketch book came out. i guess i did about 30 quick character sketches before people started to notice and i had to stop. They got better as i went along. And it was fun!
    I’d love to have the chutzpah to do real drawings like you do.


  4. Glad you got to do more today. I completed my 100! I did the last ones today on an outing to a private maple sugar camp. Will post last batch tomorrow when I have better light to take photos. What a great experience. I’m hooked.


  5. Marylin Smith says:

    They’re all lovely Shari…. I managed about 20 this week and that was all


  6. Maureen Arthur says:

    Darn! I missed it entirely this year! I suppose I could just pick a week and have a go anyway…


  7. Carolyn says:

    I admire you. I find sketching people to be a huge challenge! I can perhaps do one sketch a week! I get too caught up in the superficial anatomy and become too precise, and then struggle with the proportions of the body! Always a struggle and so frustrating! I would rather paint! I know it’s about practice, but watercolour is also about practice. No time to do both!


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