March drawings – it’s getting better

I took my time on a couple of the drawings. Without all the daily drawings I would never have made it this far.

Never before have I drawn as much as i did in the last month. Apart from the 100 people in 1 week I also kept up the daily drawings. Some days I started to practice life drawing so I can start putting some bodies under the faces I’m drawing. So far I’m only drawing from video on Croquis-cafe. They have some great recordings of 10 poses in 20 minutes, it’s sort of like a traditional figure drawing class. They are also great if after a long day I still haven’t done my daily drawing, then I just start one of the videos and know that I’ll be done in 20 minutes. I already filled a pile of A2 sheets with quick sketches. They’r great practice, but not interesting enough to post.

Today I filled the last page in my sketch book. The next sketchbook should behave better with wet media, so hopefully I can have some fun with watercolours and ink washes too. Hope it’s good because it has 95 sheets in it so I’ll be carrying it around for a long time – even with a daily drawing.

Sktchy are doing a drawing challenge in April where they send a daily assignment. I of course joined, now I won’t have to worry about what to draw all month 😉

One Week 100 People 2017 – 100 done!

Since I’m really slow at drawing – and because it sounds like fun – I decided to taking on the Marc Taro Holmes /Liz Steel #OneWeek100People2017 drawing challenge. The idea is simple; draw 100 people in 5 days. It sounds almost impossible to me but I’m gonna give it a stab anyway.

Day one:

Phew, first 18 done – that was tough. I had this great plan about drawing in 3 passes, very loose using continuous line and drawing shadow shape. Unfortunately my brain keeps making me draw contour lines instead. The idea was to do them in 4 min. each and I am really having problems just getting them under 10. I’ll have a big problem making the 100 if I don’t get the speed up.

Day two:

Speed improved a bit on the last 3 sheets. I am only using a mechanical pencil and a super fine Preppy fountain pen. Will be experimenting more with that again tomorrow. Drawing couples helped the speed a bit too. Still very far from my 4 minute goal. I really like the one with the 3 hat ladies.

Day three:

59 done. Over half way there! Had a bit of a mid way crisis today, the first 3 sheets were really tough to get through. The underdrawing in pencil is going better, maybe I’ll just stay in pencil tomorrow. It’s also becoming harder finding sktchy images to draw – 100 is a lot…

Day four:

81 Done. Markers from Letraset’s closing sale arrived today so I got a bit distracted playing with them. In a bit of a panic about tomorrow, only 3 Sktchy photos lined up – need to find 16 more…

Day five:

I did it – 100 people in 5 days. The house looks like a war zone and the washing bin and inbox is overflowing but that will all have to wait till tomorrow – I think I earned that cold beer in the fridge now. To save time today I just left the pencil in and didn’t add any hatching or colour on some of the sheets. The last sheet is the same as the first. I wanted to see the improvement. Speed has improved but not that much, accuracy has gone up though. Drawing the figure in the background went completely pear shaped because I was getting really stressed about beating the stopwatch. She ended up with a face like a smiley and I tried to fix it with a post-it note 🙂

Daily drawings – now with faces!

Still doing my daily drawing, managed to do one for every day of January. I finally built up the courage to start drawing faces. Warmed up with a few cartoon faces and then started drawing from photos – apart from the very first drawing and 4 Andy Warhole polaroids – all the reference photos are from the Sktchy app. I can highly recommend the app if you are looking for people to draw/inspiration – or if you would like someone to draw you. It’s very much like Instagram; some upload photos, some drawings or both. The two are linked, just swipe to the right on a drawing and you can see the reference photo used for the drawing. (sktchy: @Svend Soenderby)

I also gave my self a challenge to draw a face every day of February. I even gave it a fancy name/tag #FebruaryFaces only to discover that I was very far from the first to come up with this brilliant idea – but the more the merrier 🙂 I have basically already been drawing faces for a month now, and it is really helping my drawing. Hopefully I’ll have 28 to show at the end of February.