252 One Week 100 People

As this week is all about sketching faces quickly I’d like to share a couple of videos that I found helpful for trying to get proportions right when sketching faces. First is Alphonso Dunn’s YouTube tips to help you sketch here. And David Rankins 5 minute sketching recipe here. I found these quite useful. I’m always looking for ways of improving my sketching so if you know of any others let me know.
This week has all been about doing 100 portraits in a week. The idea being doing so many faces will improve my hand eye coordination and work out shortcuts for faces. Most of the reference photos are from Sktchyapp.

I’m using this week of One Week 100People for experimenting, yes, again, to find what suits me best doing this type of sketching. I have been doing portraits just with a 2B mechanical pencil for a while so I wanted to get out of the rut.  So here’s my attempts so far, the good, the bad and the ugly.

I started the week with watered down ink in a waterbrush, trying for speed rather than a great likeness. As long as they look human I’m happy. 



Then I switched back to graphite and ballpoint pen.


Next I tried watercolour first with watercolour pencil linework over that.


And then back to graphite


Day 2 A different tool for the next one, a Pilot V pen with watersoluble ink. I like this because I can get a variation in tones using a waterbrush.


But I still needed to speed up because trying to fit in 20 sketches a day was taking me much longer than I intended so quick 5 minute graphite again.


Day 3 I used a Preppy Fountain pen with brown ink, trying more of a contour line type approach. Not altogether successful but a good exercise looking for the planes and shadow areas of a face.


Then I felt the need for some colour so I used just 3 colours and my waterbrush and then watercolour pencils to sketch the faces. Fun but a bit time consuming.


After 60 I’m starting to run out of energy with this but I’ve only 2 days to go so I think I’ll make it, especially if I can learn how to speed up. I have already learned quite a bit so far and learned where my weaknesses are. I have one portrait in this lot that I’m happy with. Can you pick it? I’ll share my thoughts on this when I post the final 2 days.

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13 thoughts on “252 One Week 100 People

  1. I couldn’t pick just one as there are many that I like. There are some in each group. I think I especially go for the “contour line type”, but I love the Pilot V pen with water-soluble ink. I have to try that. And I do like the man with the beard and knitted cap.(of course, my husband has a beard). I am also trying different pens but I think I will try some pencil as well. You always encourage me to try more variety.

    I don’t understand why people think they have to hurry unless they are limited in time. I am enjoying this and up to around 65.

    • Thanks Judy. I only want to speed up to get these 100 finished because I was spending too much time on details. I’d like to be able to say more with less.

      • I did try the ink and water brush. At first I really liked it but after awhile I didn’t . Almost too easy to be repetitive. (For me.) I also tried using different papers including a cold press but went back to a hot press. So this has become an interesting way to try different things.

        More with less is always a good idea.

  2. I like number 10 and 57… maybe I’m just a sucker for a handsome man 🙂 All of your portraits are great. None of mine look like the reference photos I used, but all look human so I’ll press on too 🙂

  3. Hi Ros,It’s amazing how much the color adds to them. I’m very interested in your comments about this project. Your an amazing artist. Thanks for sharing! Chris

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