Two of my favorite sketchers, Marc Taro Holmes and Liz Steel, are running a One Week 100 People challenge for the second year in a row. I didn't know about it last year but I'm in for this year! Who will join me?
The rules are simple:
- Sketch 100 people between Mon 5 – Fri 9 March
- You can do it any way you want – pencil, pen, watercolour, ipad etc – and they can be quick gesture drawings or more detailed sketches.
- The ultimate is to sketch people out on location but feel free to work from photos, or do a self-portrait series
- Use the hashtag #OneWeek100People2018
With 100 people to sketch, the goal is just to get out there and sketch! Most sketches will be quick gesture drawings which will get you in the habit of bringing your sketching supplies with you during the week and will help you loosen up your drawing.
Ultimately the challenge is to learn to practice for the sake of practicing. No need to complicate this challenge by giving yourself even more rules. The One week 100 people challenge is a short block of time but it could be enough to get you into the habit of carrying a sketchbook all the time. That's a habit I've sort of dropped and am happy to pick up again.
Use the hashtag #OneWeek100People2018 if you choose to post your sketches on social media. You can use any medium, including digital sketching such as on a phone or iPad. You can create any type of sketch such as a quick gesture drawings or more detailed work. They just have to be of people! Ideally sketch on location but working from photos or a mirror works too!
- Come up with a list of crowded places or events where you can draw people – visit a park, the public library, go shopping, a sporting event, a performance of some sort.
- Go drawing with other sketchers.
- If you don’t want to sketch in the wild, sketch from photographs, pause scenes on tv, find some good people images online and sketch.
Don't overthink it! Just draw! And by the end of the week you will have a great collection of sketches. Some of them will be awesome!