Chapter 2: We Have To Work Now

Our more sedate leader, Mark, volunteered to model for us while Tom explained his ideas and techniques for placing figures while sketching on site. He, using a Wacom tablet hooked up to a monitor, sketched as he explained how to handle constantly moving people in a crowd.

Obviously, Mark was not moving, but we were learning how to sketch big figures in the foreground, tiny ones in the distance and intermediate sizes in the middle ground.

He demonstrated how to make a one-point perspective grid and how to place the figures in that grid in relation to a horizontal line. Mark took advantage at this point to play with his phone.

Because this workshop was being held in a studio space utilized by performers there was one wall completely covered in a mirror. He explained how to utilize the images in the mirror to sketch figures not readily seen directly.

Tom, all the adventure drained out of him, posed as we sketched large Tom, tiny and medium sketchers on a grid we drew out. I actually intended to use paper and pencil and drew the grid but quickly realized today’s mojo was iPat, Procreate and me. I also faked the grid. Full disclosure.

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used: Procreate and Sketch Club (ArtRage used for texture only) Sketched from direct observation. Color added later at home.

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