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Please explain! – What is #OneWeek100People all about?


Taking inspiration from online challenges such as #Inktober or  the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), urban sketchers Marc Taro Holmes (Montreal, CA) and Liz Steel (Sydney, AUS) invite the world to join in with #OneWeek100People – every year in March!

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The simple goal is: Draw 100 People in One Week.

You can do it any way you want. Pencil drawings, or pen and ink, maybe watercolor sketches. Whatever it is that you’d like to practice most.

If you want to join in, we’ve created a Facebook Group – or – if that’s not your thing, just use the hashtag #OneWeek100People on any social media.

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We’ve all heard the classic advice Practice Every Day. That’s great advice, but it starts to sound like hitting the gym or a going on diet. My thinking is – isn’t there some way to make it more fun? Lets use the strength of the group to motivate each other!

We’re committing to draw about 20 people a day, and post our work daily.

It’s a big commitment. But it’s very possible to do without disrupting your life. Or at least – you can choose how disruptive you want it to be :)

The goal is PRACTICE. Not perfection. So maybe it’s only 20 minutes of work each day if you’re doing one minute gesture drawings. You can scale up from there.

I think you’ll find, the more you do – the more you participate – the easier it gets to find the time.

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The first time I did this in 2015, I just decided – for one week, I’ll be ten minutes late for everything. I would skip one or two trains and sketch people waiting on the platform. Or go to the movies and get a few drawings of the people in line. Queueing up became my favorite things. I’d go to the bank, or the grocery store with my sketchbook.

Whatever it takes to draw 100 people in five days!

Here’s some suggestions:

  • 2021 Pandemic Quarantine Advice! Everything below is well and good, but this year, many of us are still in quarantine. Please consider drawing from social media – Instagram is good for finding portrait subjects. There is also Flickr (I like street photography groups), there is the iOS app Sktchy, or the youtube channel Croquis Cafe (for nude figures). or my old standby – cuing up a movie and sketching on pause. (Just don’t get sucked in and start watching the show :) – m
  • Everyday Advice:
  • Be quick on the draw! Carry a small sketchbook everywhere – just pocket sized – and one pen. (maybe a pen + brushpen). Minimizing your gear helps you jump-in whenever you see someone sketch-able.
  • Find a sketch-buddy!. It’s so much easier if your doing this with someone you know. You can keep each other excited, and perhaps have some friendly competition. And for many of us, if you go out in a small group, you get a little boost of courage. Sketching people in public can feel a little awkward at first. Consider looking up your local chapter of Urban Sketchers! Or – maybe use our Facebook group to connect-up. If you comment on someone’s work three times, it’s very likely they’ll comment back on yours!
  • Other tips:
  • Practice some time management. If you want to sketch in pen or pencil, and color later at home – that’s fine. It’s not cheating :)
  • Think about your pace, and how much time you have per day. Will you try for 20 sketches a day? If that’s the plan – will they be 5 minute gesture sketches? or 20 minute paintings? Remember – It’s not a competition about quality – it’s about how much time you can set aside, and how to use it sustainably! Do what really fits your lifestyle, and you’re more likely to finish the marathon – and – have a way to continue this training after the week is up.
  • Plan to swap out any of your usual ‘time-wasters’ for drawing. Put off that Netflix binge, or buying that new video game – just for one week. This is secretly my main motivation. To keep myself away from video games!
  • Maybe plan your locations? Work up a list of crowded places to draw people –  a park, beach, or outdoor festival, the public library, a sporting event – I like the museum and the university library. (Lots of captive subjects! And you can always say you’re an art student).
  • Maybe search out public performances. Live music is excellent, theater rehearsals if you can find one, a lecture (even zoom these days), or a public reading – anywhere you have people on stage. Even a trade show is great material.
  • The main thing – give yourself permission to succeed! Anything you do is good! Don’t overthink the results – don’t judge your work – just draw! I promise you’ll see results at the end of the week.

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