4.5.2 Multiple moving figures

It was difficult to draw the single moving figure- to draw groups of moving figuresĀ  is really really difficult!

Here I am trying on a full beach on a sunny Sunday. Pencil 3 B in A4 sketchbook.





A few of the figures are in proportion, most are not, and the proportions between the different figures at different distances from me don’t work at all.

A new “on the spot” trial at the lobby of Hotel Evolution, Lisbon



And in the busy Saldanha crossing, Lisbon, observing from the window of the lobby:



It feels like I am just taking the very first steps here on a subject that I would love to explore more – discreetly observing human movement. To be continued!



4.5.1 Single moving figure

Ironically I have arrived at “the moving figure” at a time when I am forced to move little. I have practiced a daily dynamic yoga practice for more than a decade and it is something I miss dearly right now. But maybe remaining in the eye of stillness will give me a new perspective on all the movement around me.

Before trying out sketching real passersby, I first want to learn to draw quicker by practicing with the online resource line-of -action with 60 s intervals

Moving figures in A4 sketchbook:

Running , oil pastel A4


Walking, from online pictures


Moving, A4 sketchbook


Quicker figure drawing in ink, from “line -of -action”:

So it is time to dare outside and observe live models!

Children playing , passers by observed from a bench, blue ink on A4:



Easter weekend and sunny beach days. I realize it is much easier to observe people on the beach than on the street. It seems to be a zone where everyone is more relaxed and feel protected in the little area they stake out for themselves and their friends or family.





Street glimpses: