Drawing Challenge #8

The aim is to do as many detailed drawings as possible, as often as possible, to fill up my sketchbook by the end of the year.


This afternoon, I spent a bit of time people watching and trying to capture their posture or stance. I came across this idea on YouTube earlier in the week and thought I’d try it out. I really liked their suggested way of capturing the whole image quickly, then adding detail later.

Doing this made me realise just how much people fidget and change their position (to my frustration at times). I’m sure I am exactly the same without realise it.

Each sketch took no more than 5mins and after the page was full, I added blocks of colour for some life.

Today’s Tip: Try and quickly sketch the skeleton of the pose first (within 10-15secs), then you can worry about the detail after – even make it up as you please. This is useful as the person will likely change position a few times.

Materials: 0.5mm pen & brush paints

Drawing Challenge #7

The aim is to do as many detailed drawings as possible, as often as possible, to fill up my sketchbook by the end of the year.


This week, I veered away from the usual architectural drawings to do a self portrait. It’s good to practise your weaknesses and drawing people in depth I find particularly challenging.

What I used: 0.5mm pen straight onto paper, so no rubbing out.

How long it took: 1.5 hrs drawing (a bit longer snack hunting)

My first attempt: Here it is.. Drawing straight in pen forces you to make quick proportion decisions. This was particularly hard as I couldn’t rub anything out so I had to blend in any errors. #practisemakesperfect

Final Image: I love adding detail by shading and it helps taking your time and being meticulous.

Tip of the week: Grab a sketchbook if you can and start from wherever you are [ability wise]. The reason I suggest a sketchbook over loose bits of paper is that you can easily take it wherever you go but also monitor your progress. I found myself sat in a cafe a few weeks ago waiting for some friends and so I killed some time sketching.

I currently use an A5 size sketchbook. The thicker the GSM, the better quality paper.


Till next time folks..