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Sketching Away

Sketching Away

There's a hashtag challenge that's been moving through my social media feeds, #oneweek100people2017. As it implies, artists are pushing themselves to sketch out 100 people in only 1 week. I got a bit distracted doing other drawings and things this week and didn't get a chance to look it up until Wednesday. Where I learned that this is THE week for the hashtag. I think I was sort of hoping it was an ongoing thing and you could select the week you wanted to dedicate. So I thought about it and decided to skip yesterdays post and instead see if I could reach 100 between Thursday and Friday.

Here are the 52 people I finished by the end of the day Thursday. I'm hoping I can get even closer to the 100 goal by the end of the day today. I'll post that progress on Sktchy and Instagram.

Since I got a late start I knew I was going to do group shots, which is actually really good for me to do because I have so much experience doing larger single portraits. For my subjects I chose vintage art school pictures. Images from the turn of the century to present day depicting painting classes, demonstrations, and critiques. 

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One of the blogs that talked about the challenge, posted the video below regarding the importance of practice. It explains that effective practice is:

  • consistent
  • intensely focused
  • targets the weakness at the edge of one's current ability

The video also shows an interesting study that revealed mentally imagining success can be just as effective as physically practicing.

I like the challenge because it was fun to draw all day and it's good for me to loosen up. I feel free to experiment with quirky compositions. What I didn't like is that I think when I sketch I rely more on what I know rather than what I see. Everything is so tiny and loose you can't really see if it's truly accurate or not. That kind of bugs me because I love obsessing over details. However, I'm crazy happy I trying it out and loosening up. Maybe I can plan better next year and do 100 beautiful single chalkboard portraits that would be cool!

Drawings by Sam Vernon

Drawings by Sam Vernon

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