A few weeks ago, I signed myself up for the "One Week 100 People" Drawing Challenge, which I learned about from Marc Holmes, a local Urban Sketcher (though, admittedly, I am virtually never around for the official meet-ups and do all my urban sketching alone). The challenge was what it sounds like: over the course of one week, sketch 100 people. At first, I was arrogant. "Yeah, that's easy," I thought. Quickly, I realized it wasn't so easy. I was thinking back to when I was a teenager, when I had more energy and zero responsibilities past doing my homework after 3 pm and consequently enough of both to draw for hours every night. Like I said in a previous post, I used to fill thick sketchbooks. There's reason why not everyone is an artist, and why some artist fail to produce work, and that's because you got to prioritize it in your time in life for it to happen once you're an adult.

Anyway, be it that there is still snow falling on April 1st (what a joke, very funny Nature), it was wet, snowy, and bitterly cold outdoors. I really wanted to draw only real-life people in action, but as you'll see below, some are from videos and photos. Drawing from video is actually a neat experience. You can pause video and get an action you'll otherwise never witness in real life, which expands the possibility of poses.

What I took away from this challenge is that drawing is just like any other habit. A couple years ago, I was part of a French book club in aim to learn French faster (FYI, it worked), so I was reading for 15 minutes to an hour a day to try keep up with the progress everyone was making. This really feels no different. It becomes easier, it becomes more natural, and it becomes something you rather be doing than browsing the web or whatever other way you procrastinate. If only I had infinite subjects and ideas to draw.

Also, I found the more I drew, the more I started sketching images I was happy with. I really love the way line and colour come together with form in some of the last sketches of the yoga instructor and hip-hop dancers; meanwhile, I'm not impressed with my stiff doodles from TV shows. You can read more about each set of drawings in the captions for them. Some of these may turn into full size paintings...who knows!

If you're interested in seeing more work by other artists who joined the challenge, look for #OneWeek100People2017 on social media.

DAY 1 Results"I found my friend Julie doing the same challenge. When she left, a stranger showed up and started telling me about her problems at the pharmacy. Then I froze, so I went home, ate homemade ramen, and drew some peeps from my Facebook friends list and a random YouTube video. The more detailed people are the ones who had to wait for the bus."
DAY 1 Results"I found my friend Julie doing the same challenge. When she left, a stranger showed up and started telling me about her problems at the pharmacy. Then I froze, so I went home, ate homemade ramen, and drew some peeps from my Facebook friends list and a random YouTube video. The more detailed people are the ones who had to wait for the bus."
DAY 1 Results"I found my friend Julie doing the same challenge. When she left, a stranger showed up and started telling me about her problems at the pharmacy. Then I froze, so I went home, ate homemade ramen, and drew some peeps from my Facebook friends list and a random YouTube video. The more detailed people are the ones who had to wait for the bus."
DAY 1 Results"I found my friend Julie doing the same challenge. When she left, a stranger showed up and started telling me about her problems at the pharmacy. Then I froze, so I went home, ate homemade ramen, and drew some peeps from my Facebook friends list and a random YouTube video. The more detailed people are the ones who had to wait for the bus."
DAY 2 Results"I did some sketches from a YouTube video called something like "faces from schools around the world" - so these are mostly kids. The kid with the yellow shirt is probably my favourite because it's such a simple, effective sketch. Watercolour and ink pen."
DAY 2 Results - Barb & Rick AndersonA 5"x5" watercolour and ink portrait on Fabriano paper done based on a photograph for One Week 100 People Drawing Challenge.~2017
DAY 3 Results: Tim Horton's"Went to Tim Horton's after my 1 1/2 hour at the gym, ate a donut with a coffee and drew the people there from a back corner. Within 5 minutes of me showing up, and older man tried to ask me out...which really caught me off guard. There was a guy there who walked around like he owned the place - the guy in my sketches totally owning his baldness. The place was so full of people. It was 5 degrees outside. There's some distorted sketches here because I was trying to not stare too intensely at random guys sitting nearby."
DAY 4 Results"Well, the results for day 4 are kind of underwhelming. Sometimes, I wake up and I just hurt everywhere. Some joint gets inflamed, then they all follow suit, and it feels so bad I can only sit on the couch. So, here's some people from different TV shows, because you can totally draw live action humans without going anywhere at all. I got Jeopardy!, Wheel of Fortune, and Superstore (which is actually a decently funny show). Fun thing about this, is you start seeing the pattern in the editing and angles - like Wheel of Fortune shows a person once at the beginning of their turn, and generally doesn't cut back to them unless they're excited or funny until their next turn. That's why the Wheel of Fortune faces are just bad and scary...try draw from 2 seconds of information."
DAY 4: Terrance Murray3"x2", ink & watercolour on bristol paper. ~2017
DAY 5: Gymnasts"I think I got up to 86 people so far, if I counted correctly. Technically, others are done the challenge at 5 days...but I don't work a 5 day week ever, so I am spacing out my sketches over 7 days (one week...). The gesture drawings are from a video of gymnastic try-outs, since I got jealous Marc has such cool subjects to draw. Drawing from video adds the ability to pause a movement, which would otherwise be completely impossible in real life to observe accurately. Here's an attempt at drawing my friend Nik Telford & his fiancee, as well."
DAY 5 Results: Gymnasts"I think I got up to 86 people so far, if I counted correctly. Technically, others are done the challenge at 5 days...but I don't work a 5 day week ever, so I am spacing out my sketches over 7 days (one week...). The gesture drawings are from a video of gymnastic try-outs, since I got jealous Marc has such cool subjects to draw. Drawing from video adds the ability to pause a movement, which would otherwise be completely impossible in real life to observe accurately. Here's an attempt at drawing my friend Nik Telford & his fiancee, as well."
DAY 5 Results: Nik & Amber"I think I got up to 86 people so far, if I counted correctly. Technically, others are done the challenge at 5 days...but I don't work a 5 day week ever, so I am spacing out my sketches over 7 days (one week...). The gesture drawings are from a video of gymnastic try-outs, since I got jealous Marc has such cool subjects to draw. Drawing from video adds the ability to pause a movement, which would otherwise be completely impossible in real life to observe accurately. Here's an attempt at drawing my friend Nik Telford & his fiancee, as well." 9"x9" ink & watercolour on 140lb watercolour rag paper. ~2017
DAY 6/7 Results: Jessamyn Stanley"I got a bit lazy about posting these. These were super fun. I was doing too many portrait sketches, so I went back to movement and form. One set of images is based on some YouTube videos of Jessamyn Stanley and the second set is a group from MY Dance Academy. These are the last of the sketches, and I made it to 100 or 102, depending on how you count them....just in time. This exercise definitely made me appreciate the time and energy I had to draw when I was younger, and makes me reconsider what I do with my time at present. Drawing everyday is hard. There's nothing hard about sitting at a desk and moving your hand, it's more the mental exercise; and I think that's where the importance of drawing everyday comes in: it's about keeping your creative brain sharp."
DAY 6/7 Results: Jessamyn Stanley"I got a bit lazy about posting these. These were super fun. I was doing too many portrait sketches, so I went back to movement and form. One set of images is based on some YouTube videos of Jessamyn Stanley and the second set is a group from MY Dance Academy. These are the last of the sketches, and I made it to 100 or 102, depending on how you count them....just in time. This exercise definitely made me appreciate the time and energy I had to draw when I was younger, and makes me reconsider what I do with my time at present. Drawing everyday is hard. There's nothing hard about sitting at a desk and moving your hand, it's more the mental exercise; and I think that's where the importance of drawing everyday comes in: it's about keeping your creative brain sharp."
DAY 6/7 Results: MY Dance Academy"I got a bit lazy about posting these. These were super fun. I was doing too many portrait sketches, so I went back to movement and form. One set of images is based on some YouTube videos of Jessamyn Stanley and the second set is a group from MY Dance Academy. These are the last of the sketches, and I made it to 100 or 102, depending on how you count them....just in time. This exercise definitely made me appreciate the time and energy I had to draw when I was younger, and makes me reconsider what I do with my time at present. Drawing everyday is hard. There's nothing hard about sitting at a desk and moving your hand, it's more the mental exercise; and I think that's where the importance of drawing everyday comes in: it's about keeping your creative brain sharp."