Guest Post: Easy People Sketching by Suhita Shirodkar

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Guest Post: Easy People Sketching by Suhita Shirodkar

A big ARHtistic License thank you to Suhita Shirodkar for the helpful advice in this awesome article! You can see more sketches by Suhita on Sketch Away: Travels with my sketchbook.

Sketch Away: Travels with my sketchbook

If you don’t sketch people often and don’t know where to start, go to a cafe. People sit pretty still, you don’t have to draw full figures, and most people are pretty busy looking at their phones or computers. Which makes it easy to hide at that corner table, to look closely (even stare), and to not worry too much about them disappearing before you finish drawing them.

Since I have two sessions of my People and Places workshop coming up this week, I thought I’d do some easy people sketching today. So I headed to the cafe at my local Barnes & Noble.

I usually start with a page or two of very quick gesture sketches.
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And then I played with layering some pastels over my brush pen gesture drawings.
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I kinda liked how I could do a very quick gesture capture, then go in with pastel and come back around a…

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