The Art of Sandra Busby...
Painter of Playful Light in Glass and Still Life

Friday, 30 March 2012

Sketching people...

Okay, so I found an un-finished Moleskine sketchbook in my bottom drawer and felt compelled to fill it before moving on to the new one! 

Right - So, how to fill it QUICKLY...?


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One of the things I avoid doing in public is sketching people! For that reason I have had very little practice!











Don't get me wrong, I can produce a nice pencil portrait of someone and with a very good likeness, when I have all the time I need to do it - but I'm talking about sketching people and sketching them FAST! 






...I'm talking about capturing people briefly in cafe's and bars, NOT drawing portraits...

 

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So, I decided to use the sketchbook to brush up on my people sketching skills, using nice easy models found on the Internet. Ones that don't move! And I'm talking NO more than five minutes on each one!


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The challenge here was to capture a reasonable likeness of the person as FAST as possible and in as fewer lines as possible. 

No pencil used in my sketches - It's straight in with a pen :0)

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The  most difficult people to draw were the women who have had fillers in their lips! Somehow they just don't read right on paper! 

...That should tell us ladies something shouldn't it? 












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Hmm.. aside from the odd case of wonky eyes I think I achieved a reasonable likeness of most of them.

It's interesting that the sketches I spent the least time on, turned out to be the most successful! 

Anyway - back soon! Have a great weekend :0)



22 comments:

  1. Hello Sandra,
    the sketches are great.
    The sooner the better!
    The important thing is to capture the expression, the spirit of the model. The rest you know.
    Good afternoon to you!

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  2. They are all very good, Sandra! Wow, straight with pen!

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  3. I think you have have succeeded in doing exactly what Antonio says you should... and with courage!

    I drew a person once ... but it never actually came to a court case ... I pleaded a lack of skill!

    I like to draw things I can get a little bit wrong (buildings) without people noticing too much.

    With a pen? ... zero tolerance? ... no room for error? ...[runs away shaking in fear]

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  4. Hi Sandra, your sketches are all very good. Congratulations for your ability to sketch people so well in only five minutes.
    On my next post you will see some sketches made during my watercolor lessons, all are made in 10 / 15 minutes as asked by the master. Honestly I have to say that it was a very difficult excercise and my results are not so good as yours! Have a good week end! Hugs!

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  5. Hi Sandra - what a challenge you set for yourself - and succeeded brilliantly. Its hard enough to get a likeness with all the time in the world (and with the forgiving nature of oil paint) but with a pen? And in 5 minutes? I am in awe!

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  6. Interesting challenge. Why do you want to capture a likeness so fast?

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  7. Sandra I LOVE these! And I am completely astounded that you accomplished this in five minutes with a pen no less! Really very impressive. And I'm sending you positive vibes and virtual cookies for a successful weekend of painting. <3

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  8. Antonio - Thank you. You are right. The faster the sketch the more lively it is! But still I find myself being a little too careful :0)

    Judy - Thank you. Yes, because if I sketch with pencil I always find myself erasing mistakes leaving me with a rather sterile looking drawing instead of a lively sketch. So, I have band myself from using pencil altogether! :0)

    John - Thank you. You do make me laugh! I have been procrastinating for so long when it comes to sketching people. I can draw them, but to sketch is an entirely different thing. Organic things are so much easier because who'd know? But buildings? With all of the perspective to deal with - JUST as difficult! :0)

    Tito - Thank you! But, don't forget, these were done from photographs on a computer, so not so difficult! There is no way I could capture a real person in such a short time because they move - and they want to see it afterwards which fills me with fear! :0)

    Susan - Thank you so much for dropping in! Well, as I said to Tito, it is easy to do under no pressure other than time, from a photograph. If this were on the street, I'd be happy if it looked roughly the same build as the person and in proportion, lol! :0)

    Sue - Just for the very reason you said; a challenge! As you know, I choke with fear the moment I step outside in public with a sketchbook in hand and there is no way I could get these results under those circumstances at the moment and besides, that is not what I'd be aiming for. The more I do this type of exercise, the more likely I will eventually lose that fear and be able to capture someones build, height, position etc in a public situation without losing all sense of perspective the moment I open the book! Any sort of likeness would just be a bonus, but with public sketching I don't think that's important - as Antonio says, it's their spirit that's the important part :0)

    Crystal - Well, if these were real, moving people the results would of course be very different, lol! Thank you so much for your positive vibes - I need as many of those as I can get. I am starting shortly and hope for another step forward today - everything crossed!!! :0)

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  9. Wonderful how I wish you had been looking at a picture of me at the time if you can produce those so fast . Great to see you are still posting and blogging and more importantly still producing marvellous art.

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  10. these sketches are wonderful, Sandra!! I think its so important to sketch as quickly as possible...I never sketch but its a good exercise. Great job!!

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  11. Very useful exercises, Sandra! One of my early purchases was a book entitled "Fast Sketcing" and I loved it!
    Your people drawing skills are fab - even the filler lips :)

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  12. Ralph - Thank you! And it's great to see you again! Well, this isn't really marvelous art but I have done another bear or two. New one coming soon! :0)

    Hilda - I wonder why you don't sketch? Maybe like me you are a perfectionist? It has taken me years to finally get around to doing it and now I wish I always had :0)

    Pat - Thank you so much! Ooh, maybe I should see if I can find that book on Amazon! I'm not sure I can squeeze anymore on my book shelf though! :0)

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  13. Sandra, I have the same problem! It is so difficult for me sketching a portrait on real and fast! And it is strange, also, because in these days I am making the same exercise in my sketchbook! But, sadly, it seems that I am no able to make fast sketching... and so instead of 5 minutes-sketches I end up with complete drawings of 30 minutes and more! But I find that you are making a very good work with your fast portraits! A big hug!

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    1. Thank you :0)It seems we are all in a 'sketchy' mood of late! I used to do the same, but limited time has forced me to speed up and sketch every day things, just as a way of exercising my hand-eye coordination between paintings rather than to produce something nice. If it does turn out well then that's just a bonus. :0)

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  14. Good sketches Sandra! I draw people at cafes all the time and they rarely notice. Everyone has their face in a book or on their computer so, since my sketchbook is small, it's easy!
    Happy Sketching.

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    1. Thank you Nora! Well, I really must get the pen out next time I'm on a train or in a Cafe on my own! I have no idea why but as soon as the pen comes out in a public place I feel like a ten foot, neon-lit giant with three heads! :0)

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  15. I can empathize with your difficulty because I too face the same problem. At my own good pace I can do reasonable portraits, but sketching people outside is such a problem. I think your internet models are a good way of getting speed. Newspapers are not bad either.
    Your sketches here looks really nice. They have such a storybook feel to them.

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    1. Thank you Prabal. Newspapers are a good idea, yes! At least the models won't ask to see it afterwards! I think the day when I sketch people in a public place is imminent given the right circumstances. I am on a mission! :0)

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  16. i love how you keep pushing yourself and it kerps making me realise how much i should be doing the same. i never sketch faces and it sounds like a great idea doing it dirctly with pen and only taking 5 mins. i'm defgoing to try that. how funny that cosmetic surgery is harder to draw! definitely telling us something!

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    1. Thanks Nicola. False eyelashes too - Nightmare!
      I can honestly feel the improvement as I sketch more and more regularly. Faces have always been an issue - oh and hair too! Now I just need to make myself get out an about and do it from life! :0)

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  17. really good exercise sandra ...just keep practicing

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  18. Thank you Jane! I will :0)

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