MORE TIPS ABOUT SKETCHING PEOPLE IN PUBLIC PLACES by TOM BROWN
The sketch for this one was done in a musty old bookstore I happened to wander into. I’m a sucker for bookstores, especially OLD ones that have a totally random assortment of used books. You never know what you’ll find. And one thing I found here was this painting waiting to happen.
In this particular case I didn’t get beyond the pencil sketch on-site. In fact, each of these guys was sketched separately. And that brings up another interesting tip: don’t be afraid to combine people in different ways than you see them if it makes a better picture.
In this case both guys actually were positioned like you see them here and I quickly sketched the overall composition, especially how the two figures were positioned in the aisle. But then the guy in the foreground moved quickly to another spot up the aisle.
I took that opportunity to complete the sketch of the guy in the background. It took only a few minutes, and by then the guy in front was down looking on bottom shelves again. That’s when I finished my sketch of him, keeping him in the original position you see here.
Then I took my time to add the shelving and more carefully note the lighting. But all this was still done only in the pencil stage. I also made written notes about the colors and lighting because I knew I wouldn’t be painting here and I desperately wanted to PAINT this. I loved the darkness, and the glowing lighting effects. Take a look at the detail images to see this better and you’ll understand why I was driven to record it in color. I’ll be covering all this and more in my new Figure Workshop. It’s going to be pretty cool; hope you can make it. Here are the details to enroll if you’re interested:
Meetings are on Saturdays May 14 to June 18 from 1pm – 3:30pm in a large studio at the Irvine Fine Arts Center. To enroll today call the Irvine Fine Arts Center at 949-724-6880, and refer to class #166138.
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