Keep drawing moving figures in your sketchbooks. How well have you managed to create a sense of a moving figure rather than a static pose?
This was very hard!.
These figures were all drawn at the British Museum as they were crossing the great court to leave the building. No one was in a hurry, they are best described as milling around or ambling slowly.
Runners in road race. Here the movement was too fast for me to do anything other than stick type sketches. I think these look like figures dancing rather than running.
A netball match. Netball is not such a fast game that you don’t have some seconds to look at the action – especially when the player is holding the ball as they are not allowed to move their feet. This is much more conducive to drawing the players!
At a shopping centre, with a combination of people moving fast and slowly.
This was a hard exercise. There is some sense of movement in some of the sketches, but mostly they are unclear and remain static! Clearly practice makes for improvement but I do feel that I would need to do nothing else for a year for my sketches to do any justice to these moving figures! I can’t say I enjoyed the experience of drawing people on location. I got lots of odd looks. No one actually came to look over my shoulder, which is just as well as I would have found that rather embarrassing given the quality of the outcome. One of the problems I have found with this course is that I feel pressured to move on by the very fact there is an ultimate deadline for completing the module (2 years). I will finish within this time, but ideally I should keep going with these practice sketches until they start to make sense. However there is no time to do this any more than I have. This feeling has been repeated with many of the exercises so far which leaves a slightly unsatisfactory note to the whole experience. However I am behind in my schedule as it is (and have been for every part so far) so I must move on!!