Stop and start people

I arrived early for an appointment in town, so I had a bit of time to draw. From my car I had a good view of the intersection of two busy streets. At 9 a.m. people were on their way to work, stopping at the traffic lights for ten seconds or so, and then crossing.

From where I was sitting, it would have been much easier to choose a static scene of some buildings that I could see in the distance. But I can draw buildings any time. I chose to draw the stop and start people at the corner, even though I only had a few seconds to draw each one before they moved on. What I miss the most during this pandemic is drawing scenes of city life. Any city. What about you? What would you draw if you could more around a little more freely?

17 Comments on “Stop and start people”

  1. Renee Fittinghoff says:

    I long for wide vistas, seas and deserts

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  2. benzozw4 says:

    Not even exotic locations, just the old Montréal or the old Québec architectures would be fine. I live in the countryside and I miss urban sketching.


  3. Douglas Elliot says:

    What a good idea Shari, time drawing people is never wasted.


  4. Jeff Gold says:

    Even with limited time to draw, you got the gestures down and each one is an individual. No easy task. Nicely done.

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  5. Soni says:

    love these – I do the same thing a lot but yours are so much more polished especially with short timeline

    gives me another great goal – thanks as always



  6. These are great! You had a great idea of a location to sketch people. I had just posted on my blog today how after not sketching people for so long, I think I have lost my mojo for doing stealth sketches of people nearby. I was at an auto service center yesterday and just couldn’t bring myself to sketch the people sitting on the other side of the room. I’ve sketched there many times in the past. I’ll have to try some “on the street corner” sketching.


    • Joan, it really is hard to get back to it when you haven’t done it in a long time. But you will see, it comes back quickly. And you seem to get out more than most people these days! Hope all is well.


  7. Tina Koyama says:

    I absolutely miss sketching people the most. I haven’t sketched in a cafe or people on the street since March. 😦


  8. TasView says:

    Delightful quick sketches and a sweet series of random humans!


  9. I miss people-watching and people-sketching in the mall.


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