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Drawing People in Motion – in Barcelona

June 28, 2013

Next week we’ll be heading to Barcelona for the USK symposium. I’ve been busy planning my workshop on the subject of spontaneous drawings of people ‘in the wild’. That is, un-posed, un-official subjects, as opposed to posed models.

In many ways it’s more fun than going to life drawing class. It’s certainly more challenging to capture people in motion – plus we’ll be trying to tell a story at the same time.

The ‘handouts’ are based on these sketches from the FIMA festival (Festival International Montréal en Arts) in Montreal. I was downtown working on a collaborative mural with a bunch of artists from EnMasse and Trio Magnus, among others.



So – just like last year, I’m posting my course notes – in case anyone who can’t make it to BCN is interested.  This year I did it up as a PDF that illustrates the sketchbooking process. It views well on an iPad in iBooks – or of course on any PC in Adobe Acrobat (or most web browsers for that matter). Head on over to my new ‘Downloads’ page to get your copy HERE:


There is also a companion video – done at home using sketches from a USK:MTL sketchcrawl in our underground Metro. This was way back in early spring – that’s why everyone is wearing toques and scarves. It’s five minutes of me sketching under the video camera. Seems like the best way to show exactly what we’ll be doing in the workshop.


15 Comments leave one →
  1. Coco permalink
    June 28, 2013 7:46 PM

    So elegant! You make it look effortless!

  2. June 28, 2013 8:04 PM

    Superb Marc! Thanks for posting this.

  3. June 29, 2013 7:00 AM

    I am envious of your soon-to-be students in Barcelona, Marc. These sketches are elegant.

  4. Nigel permalink
    June 30, 2013 2:23 PM

    Thanks Marc. These pdfs are incredibly helpful. When you say ‘regular ballpens’ for the pen lines, do you an example? Thank you again.

    • marctaro permalink*
      June 30, 2013 5:29 PM

      Hey Nigel – just anything that is a ‘gel writer’ or ‘rolling ball tip’. I a model called Uniball Signo – bought a few boxes of 25 and am still going through them years later.

      • marctaro permalink*
        June 30, 2013 5:32 PM

        Oh by the way, the reason being, the rolling ball type pen writes quickly and continuously with no skipping. You can zip around and never stop drawing. Not like a fountain pen that might ‘catch’. Tho – if I”m not in such a huge rush (drawing architecture instead of people) I might be tempted to use dip pens – (crowquill) – for the organic line they make. So – I guess i like extremes. Super convenient and smooth vs. and all blotchy, slow, messy and scratchy:)

  5. Nigel permalink
    June 30, 2013 10:47 PM

    Brilliant – Thanks!
    . Although I have a bottle of ink to use at the moment – trying to save on Plastics – I may go back to markers and uni-pens after.

    • marctaro permalink*
      June 30, 2013 11:17 PM

      Well, that’s a legit reason. Dip pens it is then! With wooden handles.

  6. MaTT permalink
    July 4, 2013 10:38 AM

    What’s the paper you use on this one?
    I really appreciate your Art.


    • marctaro permalink*
      July 4, 2013 10:45 AM

      Hey Matt – these are done on a Stillman and Birn Alpha sketchbook.

  7. Miz K permalink
    July 6, 2013 3:11 AM

    I am so excited for Barcelona – thank for sharing these!

  8. July 8, 2013 1:58 PM

    Thanks, Marc! Much appreciated. Have fun in Barcelona!


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