#OneWeek100People2017: Day Four: Canadian National Jiu-Jitsu Championship
I will say this. Sketching on location is never boring.
The sporting event was originally scheduled to be held here, but due to an obscure and rarely enforced rule regarding which combat sports the public is allowed to perform, it was banned from Quebec, and had to quickly find a new venue in Ontario.
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But this is #OneWeek100People2017! So a four hour drive for four hours of sketching – that seems about right!
At least for a subject that is so different from the everyday coffee shop sketch. (Oops, that’s not a dig at any other sketchers :), Some people make coffee into a real subject :)
These drawings are interesting to me.
That’s a trigger-word in art. ‘Interesting’.
It’s always dicey when someone unlimbers Interesting vs. the clearly favorable ‘Stunning’. Though I always find that a bit of an over-statement. (‘Literally Stunning!’). But on the other hand, nobody wants to hear ‘Nice’. I personally like to provoke a ‘Fascinating’. But even a ‘What am I looking at?’ is an honest response.
There’s a fine line between an observational sketch and a cartoon.
These drawings are done so quickly and so instinctively – they end up being a kind of visual short hand. Like all spontaneous sketches, they’re a form of note-taking.
How, after all, do you draw something that is happening too quickly to see? That really is gone before you have understood it?
All you can do is make shapes that echo the angles and the masses. Then work as quickly as possible from a fading memory. It truly is an impression.
As much as I talk all the time about separating your ego from ‘good and bad’, ‘success and failure’, I am kind of impressed with what I got. Check that center drawing against the photographic evidence! Come on! That’s pretty cool eh?
I think, when it comes to sketching people in action this week, I’m not going to top this.
Tomorrow I’m going to try something different. I’ll be back in the studio, babying a juicy head cold I’ve picked up, and I’ll be seeing what I can do with a marathon portrait painting session.
See you tomorrow!
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