Last night I received a call.
My friend told me that I should draw something that I am not used to. That it would be a great start for the “365 keep sketching challenge”. That night he was playing football. He asked me to join them to sketch them playing. I told him that I tried such thing in a park. That is really a hard exercise to sketch people playing sports. Why ? Because players are non-stop keeping moving ! At your first stroke, the players are already far away.
I accepted the challenge. I took my graphic tablet, ready to draw with Sketchbook Pro.
I calibrate my pencil thickness and start with something simple.
Let’s start with the goalkeeper who is waiting for some action.
Let’s get some action !
The whole body is in movement. Make sure that the clothes follow the gesture.
Ask yourself: is he trying to stabilize, accelerate, block the ball ? In which direction goes his leg, arm…
Capture the player emotion and the intensity of the movement. Both are mostly related.
Despite these observation, the player remains quite static.
Looking for more intensity, I choose that head action which the whole body follow.
But the sketch also end kind of static. I could imagine him sitting on a bench.
Capture fast, replicate fast.
Any action last less than 1/10 second. To capture that, I can’t possibly remember every single detail. I had to prioritize the elements to remember.
*The 2 first step can take 2 minutes to draw, when detailing, 8mn.
*Think of how a flag react when you shake it.
I paid attention to how the players stands and stabilize on the ground; looking for what I call the “gravity line”. But, I was still not satisfied on the body movement and realized that I didn’t practice properly the action line.
The poses are more natural and fluid. The whole body seams to be more harmonious.
The action line is the main and simplified line of the whole body gesture.
I start with it, then I build up the character around it.
I pay attention to the joint, elbow, knees, wrist… simplifying them by a circle or ellipse. Connect them to build a rough body skeleton.
As a shoe lover, i couldn’t resist to make a quick sketch of a sneaker.
NO MORE BATTERIES IN MY TABLET
I took my loyal ballpoint pen and sketchbook for a last sketch.
Sketch the world
I invite you to go out and sketch people and anything you could meet along the way.
Books, magazines, Google image will never beat real life. See things in volume, under lights and your observation skills will improve!
The football field of Ho Chi Minh. It’s not rare to see them playing until 1am.
Hope it helps. Let me know what’s in your mind !
That’s all for today !