Skip to content

#OneWeek100People: Day 02 -The Moving Crew

March 8, 2022

Here’s another little film for Day Two of #OneWeek100People!

There’s a few neat things I want to show here. The most important is – to be ready to sketch at any time! But also – be on the lookout for things you’ve never drawn before!

It’s very easy to get set in your ways. To end up with an entire book full of ‘people reading on their phones’ or ‘my husband on the couch watching netflix’ because – those are the easy sketches to get.

They’re the ones where the people hold still for you. And – the ones you can get at any time of the day or night.

So when I saw this moving van pull up – I knew I had to sketch these guys – even if the subject is stupid – there’s nothing really all that interesting about guys carrying boxes! BUT – they did give me some postures that I’ve never drawn before.

It’s wild that in 20 years of life drawing class, nobody ever did a session with the model carrying boxes. I suppose that’s too much work for the poor model. But – it gives you weight-bearing poses you really can’t get any other way.

There’s also another neat thing going on – I wanted to put these guys into a kind of composite sketch – so – I went back and drew their van. It doesn’t have to be a great drawing. Just a doodle at the correct scale, (I used two sheets because the van was too large – plus a little scrap for the next car on the street) all so I could put all the figures on top and see how it looked.

Just a little game for myself – so I could see the figures in context.

In this case I took phone snapshots of my best figures, and collaged them in Procreate on the iPad.

It’s the kind of thing I do for fun, but it’s also the way you might do an illustration for some kind of reportage project. Grab all the figures as gestures – and then collage them later into a background that makes a ‘finished piece’ out of it. That’s just one way to make it easier to get people ‘in the moment’.

So I hope you enjoyed watching The Moving Crew – and – I hope you’ll be inspired to find something this week that you’ve never drawn before.

Thanks to everyone posting their #OneWeek100People! I’m going to head over to our Facebook group and see what you guys are up too.

Thanks ~marc

7 Comments leave one →
  1. March 8, 2022 3:13 PM

    There’s something very special about quick sketches done with a dip pen. I can’t imagine doing that out on the street, though. One thing I noticed yesterday, while out on the street was that people here aren’t standing around, aren’t window shopping, etc. The few that were in the mall where I was were going from point A to B with no loitering. Very tough.

    • March 8, 2022 3:36 PM

      Well, this year I’m making very tight little sketches for the enjoyment of it. But there’s also a fun to be had just going loose. Rita Sabler was talking in a podcast about getting jostled by the crowd while drawing at a street protest, and feeling that the resulting wild drawings were part of the unique effect. :)

  2. Mary permalink
    March 8, 2022 10:39 PM

    I love these Marc. They are so spontaneous. I really like your line work and the carefree colour you went for. So great!

  3. abjhobby permalink
    March 9, 2022 8:16 AM

    Great idea and lively sketches !

  4. roxannesteed permalink
    March 9, 2022 9:48 PM

    Wow! That’s pretty exciting to see!! (and not that I’m a fan of moving…as a Navy family, we moved every 2 or 3 years…ugh). But it’s great seeing it in your lively sketches!


  1. #OneWeek100People: Day 02 -The Moving Crew – Magazine

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: