Drying Off Under the Umbrella

These young ladies were drying off after a dunk in the pool. When I draw more than one figure, I lightly sketch them in, to get the relative positions of each. In the drawing below, the figure on the far right was too big at first. I re-drew it with a heavier sketch of the […]

Out with Family and Friends

I’ve said before that I try not to use erasers. One exception to my self-imposed rule is when I sketch family and friends, especially when there it is very likely they will see it.  I think the sketch below is a fair representation of our very nice outing. I only used the eraser once.

Girl with Triangular Arm

This girl must have been cold. She had her hand inside her sleeve and, given the sweater’s bagginess, formed a triangle when she leaned her elbow on the table. With this sketch, I began a new sketchbook, a Moleskin, medium-sized notebook. It is a bit bigger than pocket sized but I am looking forward to […]

Back of a Young Man

As I look at this sketch I did several days ago, I see the asymmetry of the figure. Was the young man’s trunk turned? I don’t think it was or I would have clarified it by shading or otherwise showing a twist in posture. The asymmetry about which I was concerned at the time of […]

Man Paying for Meal

Sometimes it is difficult to figure out new technology. I knew that this young man would figure it out quickly, so I had to sketch very quickly, before they left. No more waiting for waiters or waitresses. The key to a quick sketch is to capture gestures and posture. Other details can be filled after […]

Gesticulating Man

In contrast to yesterday’s post, the sketch below is of a man who was very fidgety. His arms moved much more frequently than his body. The trouble I have with this kind of sketch is that I get mixed up. I use the visual cues of the lines I just drew to plan my next […]

Man, Child and Woman Waiting Transiently

I began by sketching the man, who remained in place the longest. I wanted to sketch the little boy who was next to him for a while, but alas, his mom whisked him off before I could even get a decent outline. The woman was a little less transient, but she too decided to take […]