OneWeek100People: Days 1 & 2

Yikes, I have a lot of catching up to do if I hope to get to 100 people by Friday. I guess I’m busier at school than I was last year.

I started off this challenge at Tim Horton’s on Monday morning and spent a bit of time drawing there. It didn’t go as well as planned because I left there without a free donut, but I did manage to sketch a few people.

What I love the most about this exercise is trying to develop the skill you need to capture people quickly. You never know when they are going to get up and leave, so I try to put in the big silhouettes first, and if they stick around I add details and tone. I should have been working in colour because the guy on the right was wearing a bright red shirt and a white and red striped tie.


I tried to draw the people waiting in line for coffee but the line moved quickly and I had to give up most of these part way through. But that’s the challenge, right?


Today I drew in the school cafeteria, where the students make great models. This time I used a water-soluble brush pen and a water brush. At the end of day two, I’ve sketched 14 people. See what I mean about catching up?


Sunday afternoon dog drawings

I thought I might do a detailed drawing of Alice chewing on a bone, but quickly realized that this would be more like the thirty second poses at the start a life drawing session. As soon as you draw the quick gesture, the model changes position.SundayDog1At some point Alice grew tired of the bone and got up, hoping for a walk. When I told her to sit back down, she grunted and turned her back to me. This was a good opportunity for me to practice foreshortening.
When the leash still did not materialize, she turned herself around, sat on the bone, and stared at me. By the time I got around to drawing her eyes, she was starting to nod off.
SundayDog3Her final act of defiance was to fall over and play dead. And then she got her walk. SundayDog4Sketched on Stillman & Birn Nova Series tan paper.

Brush pen or black graphite: OneWeek100People is back!

I’m gearing up for some intense people sketching as “One Week 100 People 2018” approaches. I participated in this last year and managed to draw 100 people, which seemed like something worth celebrating once it was done. My people sketching skills probably improved as the week went on, I talked to so many people as I sketched, and I look forward to the challenge again, although it may involve drinking more cups of Tim Horton’s coffee than I am used to. Luckily Roll-up-the-rim is on now, so I may win a free donut in the process.

When I heard that Marc Holmes and Liz Steel were organizing this again from March 5-9, I started thinking about the materials I would use. Last year I sketched all 100 people with a brush and Payne’s Grey watercolour (no preliminary drawing), and I intend to limit my materials again. I went to the mall today to draw the shoppers and test a few things out.

I love drawing with a brush, so I will eliminate pencil drawing once again. This also saves lots of time when you need to draw 20 people per day. A few weeks ago I bought a Carbon Black water-soluble graphite block and used that for my first few drawings. I love it. The blacks you get are deep and dark, and it’s very portable.



I also tried a few sketches with a water-soluble brush pen, which is really fun to use. The line on this literally disappears when you touch it with water, and you get some really great effects with it. BrushPen1

I love how this girl’s curls blended into her jacket.BrushPen2

And how this guy’s cap and hair formed one shape.BrushPen3

I guess I’ll have to decide over the weekend which way I will go so I’m prepared for people sketching on Monday morning. It will be exciting to see sketches from around the world on social media, and if you post, don’t forget to use the hashtag #OneWeek100People2018.