Thursday, April 28, 2011

Scribble Sketching

Carol Sloan here.

One of the things that I want to do is practice sketching people in public places.
I'm not used to the fast paced work this requires so I thought I would try my hand at it.
This weekend I was at a college baseball series; I sat at the back of the stadium- sketching people around me.
You'll be able to tell when you see my work that I need more practice at it...
You could join me (so I won't feel so bad about how my work looks!) and let's learn together!
I really think it is a matter of practice - just like any form of making art is.

I'll share my attempts with you here.
The first one was done at The Battery in Charleston SC. A lazy, sunny, beautiful day in Charleston.

This next page was done at the College of Charleston baseball game. Notice all of the baseball hats!

I did do a little bit of sketching that didn't involve people.
Here is a Palmetto tree at the ballpark.

If you've never been to Charleston this time of the year , you're really missing a wonderful season there.
The Confederate Jasmine (Star Jasmine) is blooming all over the city and it smells wonderful!
Here is a small sketch of one on a chain link fence. I pinched a small piece to take home and sketched it on the ride.
I love the way that I could really study the shape of the seed heads, the  way that the  flower swirls when it opens..
We really need to take the time to look at things closely...really look at them.

So, I'm here going out on a limb while I sketch people moving around.
I found it very difficult to do - that sketching when your subject keeps moving!


  1. I may try this with you as I have a lot of trouble sketching people from real life quickly myself, I do it from memory and they look more cartoonish that way...if people would just sit still longer!

  2. Thanks, Carol! This is a great branching out exercise, and I will try to follow your lead. I never draw people in public, or almost never. This is an inspiration.

  3. I never understood how people could sketch people in real life. I always did it from imagination or a picture. (Like Fallingladies, mine are also cartoonish.) I get to distracted by everything going on around me.

    I am loving your sketches. I know that there are real "artists" out there making the big bucks for on the go sketches like yours.

  4. It took me by surprise at just how difficult it was! Just when I was feeling comfortable, they would move. The kids are especially difficult - they never sit still!But I am going to practice as much as I can.

  5. I love that you had a lot of little sketches all on one page. Altogether, at a quick glance, they really give the impression of the setting, with a lot of people doing different things. You get a flavor of the moment. Thanks.

  6. These are wonderful, Carol, and they give me such a sense of who you are, as well. I love them.

  7. Carol, I was thinking about trying to draw moving people just the other day. Great job, it has a real Danny Gregory feel. Thanks.

  8. I feel terribly inspired to do this. Today! Thanks for sharing your great sketches!

  9. I am loving these comments! It is truly encouraging to have you all comment on my work. It's like a mini critique every time I read one (easy for me to say since they are all so nice!)I hope that you all continue to or at least try to practice this technique.


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