Puzzle pieces on the beachPosted: December 20, 2019
It was pretty windy on the beach today but I wanted to do some people sketching. I had to work fast because the wind made it impossible to sit for too long or to put up an umbrella, and that meant that my models wouldn’t be sticking around for long either. But challenges like that are good, aren’t they? State the essentials and if you have time for more, it’s a bonus.
So how do you figure out scale in a scene this? That was the first thought that popped into my head. I wanted to capture the two couples sitting on the beach, and hoped to convey that one was close and one was far. The drawing aid I used to help me figure this out was the horizon line.
Here was my thinking. Couple on the left: both heads are under the horizon line. Couple on the right: the top of his chair and head are over the horizon line but her chair and head are under it. As for the guy in the mauve shirt — he walked by and his head was touching the horizon line. Once I had those elements in place, it was easy to fit in the remaining puzzle pieces of arms, legs and chairs.