Did you see the online drawing challenge this week? #Oneweek100people2017. I thought it would be kind of fun so I jumped right into the fray on Monday, drawing people every chance I had. In order to make the daily quota of 20 people, each portrait needed to be simple and quick. The first day I was pleased to draw most of my subjects from life.
The second day, working around my teaching schedule I decided to work from photographs. This day found me spending too much time on details.
By Wednesday it was time to ramp it up so I drew groups of people. But by the end of the day I was only halfway to the goal.
I was starting to feel a little stressed because I had quite a few other commitments in the next few days. I paused to consider why I was doing this. Liz Steel and Marc Taro Holmes initiated #OneWeek100People to encourage sketchers to improve their people drawing skills, certainly a worthy goal. I loved seeing each day’s results on Facebook and Instagram. But I was scribbling faces and bodies just to reach the count with no thought to improve my skills. I made the decision to stop at 52. This was a big deal because I really like to see things through. But I made the right decision for me. I will continue to draw portraits slowly, hone my skills and progress at my own pace.
Be sure to look up the drawings for this great challenge. There is a fantastic array of work. I now recognize I was excited to be a part of this global event. The work from sketchers around the globe never fails to inspire me. Congratulations to all who have joined in and posted their work!