Catch an instant of life drawing people in 4 steps | TIP15


mcdonald-logoLast night I took the plane from Saigon to Singapore. Landing around midnight, I stayed overnight at the airport chilling around. 19 hours of transit was in front of me. (4 hours more to go.)

So I stopped at Mc Donald and slowly started the 10th sketch of the 365 K.S.Challenge.

TIP 15 Catch an instant of life

Do not draw people like a “copy and paste method” trying to get the best reproduction.
A camera will do it better and faster.  It doesn’t matter much if what you draw is not the exact copy of what you see. What you should target first is an instant of life, a mood.

Chou-Tac ChungPeople of Mc Donald, Singapore airport, 2014
There was a guy who attracted my attention. He was skinny, and he was carrying a huge bag on his shoulder, eating a burger. Looking at his body posture the bag didn’t seams really heavy though.




Let’s start with a quick skeleton by observing his attitude and identify the “gravity line”.

It’s early morning, and any of us would be more happy on his respective bed. We know that he’s carrying a huge bag. The weight being on his shoulder make him bend his back to relax.
All the weight go down to the chair and is transferred to the ground. So his legs and feet can relax and don’t need to support anymore the weight.

Note that the upper body find his balance with the bag weight.

STEP2 | general volume


I sketch the main elements on top of the skeleton using it as a guide.

If these first elements are well done, you already know that you have a high chance to end with a pretty good sketch.

STEP3 | add details and shadowspeople-of-mc-donald-theDesignSkechbook3

Feel free to add some props to illustrate the situation.
He didn’t notice that, but I put his passport and boarding pass in his pocket.people-of-mc-donald-theDesignSkechbook8

STEP4 | final touch

people-of-mc-donald-theDesignSkechbook5Did you notice the left leg ?

I have purposely decided to do not finish it. It gives some lightness and a better sketch comprehension.

You will wonder when the sketch is good enough to stop it. It’s simply up to you. You’ll be more confident by trying it few times.

Try these tips today !
Let me know how was it.

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If the sketching methods I’ve acquired aid me in my life and in my career, I believe that they can also help you to learn, and help you with your projects. Whether Design is a job or a hobby it doesn’t matter, so long as you do what is important to you.

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