Today I am participating for the first time the challenge about: One Week 100 People
I’m excited to try this. Although I kind of tried this before—sketching people, lots of people like this one and this one.
The difference is, this challenge is time-bounded which makes it even more challenging.
The basic idea of this challenge is sketch 100 people in week using any medium, may it be digital or traditional.
This challenge is between March 5-9.
Five days. It’s like sketching 20 people per day.
More info can be found here: http://www.lizsteel.com/one-week-100-people-2018-starting-mon-5-march/
This article will show my progress as I go along this sketch challenge.
For Day 1, I manage to sketch 25 people. That’s one-fourth of the whole amount. 25% complete!
However, I only manage to sketch that much because I attended a company activity.
Which means lots of people to sketch. An opportunity.
But tomorrow might be different.
I wonder how many I can sketch tomorrow.
And here comes day 2!
When I came to office this morning, I found out that we have a corporate meeting (all employees meeting).
The venue is in cinema. Although we won’t be watching a movie, we will be gathered to hear some announcements from the higher ups.
It’s a good opportunity to continue the One Week 100 People challenge!
But as the meeting ends, I only manage to sketch around 10 people. Making a total of around 36 sketches.
This is less than what I accomplish yesterday.
Sketching people in cinema is difficult.
Aside from the low dim light (at least in our meeting), one difficulty is that the people are sitting facing the front.
Which means I cannot sketch people from my back. Otherwise I would look weird.
I can only sketch what’s in front, and what’s on the side.
Sketching people on my side is already difficult because some people can notice my movement.
And believe me, it’s really awkward.
This is like training on how to become a spy!
After the meeting, I was able to catch up with my fellow Urbansketchers during lunchtime.
They were sketching outside.
Here’s our picture:
That’s with escaliver and Dax Mc Clellan.
I only manage to sketch less than 10 people.
You see, the way I take this challenge is a bit different because even though the rule says we can sketch from a photo or any reference, but I prefer to do it the urbansketchers-way. And that is by doing plein air sketch, with actual people.
And because of that, if I am in a place with less people, then I can only sketch that much. Actual people as a resources.
But I still pursue this kind of challenge.
Back at the office, there’s a birthday celebration. I sketch a few people while they are eating.
And it’s fun seeing my office mates recognizing my sketch to the actual person I am sketching.
Some even laugh at some part of my drawing because it looks like they’re doing something. (those dirty-minded people 😀 )
During dinner time, I sketch more until it reaches 50 sketches.
I’m 50% complete!!!
You can notice that I’m sketching in a panoramic way.
The sketch output will grow more as I progress.
Today is a challenging day.
I only manage to sketch 69 people.
That’s less than the rate of what I accomplish on Day 1 and 2.
On lunch time, I started sketching in Ayala. Standing position. Live sketch.
People going in and eventually stopped on a certain location.
They become my target.
I even sketched the security guard.
Also, my pen ran out of ink. Good thing I have a back up. And then eventually refilled it when I got back in the office after lunch.
Then I roam around and found several people eating lunch.
I happen to be on the third floor, and I was peeking down and saw two people in the restaurant.
What’s interesting is that this is a new angle, a new perspective for me to sketch.
And I enjoyed sketching it and eventually got happy of the result.
Back in the office……I sketched nothing!
Sing with me in tune from the song of Whitney Houston:
“I sketch nothing…… nothing…..naaahthiiiiing…..”
After office hours, I went out to attend a birthday celebration.
That’s the opportunity I got for today to complete 75 sketches for today.
And at the end of Day 3, I only manage to sketch 19 people. Giving a total sum of 69 people all in all.
I’m expecting 75 people for today. But I only manage to sketch 69.
Here’s the output so far:
This is the start of the decline. If this keeps up, the challenge might be a failure.
It’s the fourth day and I got 91 people sketches.
I could’ve finish it today, but…..priorities.
Anyway, I am confident that I can complete this challenge.
Here’s the whole picture:
I want to finish sketching all 100 during lunch time but my girlfriend is with me.
If I keep on sketching while she’s talking…..well……we know what happens next won’t be good 🙂
So I decided to focus on what’s important. 🙂
I want to emphasize the highlight of today’s sketch.
He’s my office mate Paul. (I’m not sure if I can mention his full name here since I haven’t asked permission yet.)
He’s into dragon boat and this picture tells the story about work life balance in the company we’re in.
It’s pretty cool to have a balanced work-play ratio. Should I mention the company name too? 🙂
Early morning of Day 5. Sipping a hot drink, I aim to complete the challenge.
And I did finish all 100 people sketches today.
The rest of the day, I spent trying to capture the whole art work correctly.
Lessons / Tips
Here are the summary of lessons I learned.
Remember I am doing a plein air sketch. So the lessons I enumerated here are somehow aligned to that.
- Don’t aim to have a beautiful sketch. A quick sketch will do.
- Capture the emotion instead of proportion.
- If the person is facing you (in a near-distance), don’t stare on the person for too long. Otherwise they will misinterpret you. (Do you like me? Are you a psycho? Are you scheming on something?)
- Sketching the person on it’s back is safe. On it’s side is ok. On it’s front: be cautious. See #3.
- Have a easy-to-go setup. Like bring a handy sketchbook, a few pens, etc. Something you don’t have to dedicate a long time to setup. (Bringing an easel and setting it up is a no-no for me.)
- Train yourself to absorb several information in a quick glance. That way, you can sketch several things in a few seconds of glancing.
- If the person caught you staring, quickly pretend you are looking at a far distance. Somewhere located at the back of that person, or even further.
- Pick lessons along the way. Learning occurs during the course of the challenge. Don’t just aim to complete it. Instead, aim to learn from it along the way. Example, you can just quickly finish this challenge by going in a football event or a concert event. And just quickly sketch all 100 people in one go, in one day. Sketching a few circles and ellipses. Sound simple right? Well I don’t do that. Instead, I tried to sketch individuals or a group of 3-5 people. That way I can observe and learn how they stand, the posture, or how the cloth folded, etc.
- Capture something unique or interesting, or something new to you.
Example, in my case, I sketch the two people eating while I’m on the upper floor. That gives me an angle, a new view, a perspective of those people which I am not accustomed to.
Another example is when I sketch an officemate bringing a paddle of his dragon boat. The combination of the paddle and the laptop in the office environment creates something unique.
- Don’t buy expensive materials. A basic pen and paper will do. I explained similar in my previous article: Reasons Why I Watercolor On Ordinary Plain Paper..