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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 #OneWeek100People2017 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 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:

  • 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.
  • If you want do draw on the spot and color later – that’s fine.
  • Plan to swap out any ‘lazy-time’ for drawing. Don’t start that new Netflix binge, or buy that video game – just for one week.
  • Maybe use the FB group to find a local sketch-buddy? If you go in a small group, you get a little boost of courage. Sketching people in public can feel a little awkward at first.
  • Plan a bit? Work up a list of crowded places to draw people –  an outdoor festival, the public library, a sporting event – I like the museum.
  • Maybe search out public performances (live music, theater rehersal, a lecture, or a reading) – anywhere you have people on stage.
  • If you don’t want to do it live-on-location, cue up a you tube play-list, maybe sketch from movie? Sign up for a Flickr street photography group, or download the iOS app SKTCHY.
  • The main thing – give yourself permission to succeed! Anything you do is good! Don’t overthink the results – just draw! I promise you’ll see results at the end of the week. If you sketch for a whole week, at least ONE will be amazing :)

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