Monday, March 5, 2018

#Oneweek100people2018 Begins!

3/1/18 2-min. poses

Marc Holmes and Liz Steel have once again nudged sketchers everywhere to take part in their annual initiative, One Week 100 People. From March 5 – 9, all you have to do is make sketches of 100 people – from life, from photos, even from your mirror – and share them online with the hashtag #oneweek100people2018. When I took part in the challenge last year, it was, indeed, challenging, but also a lot of fun!

“The goal is practice. Not perfection,” says Marc, and with that in mind, I started getting faster and faster as the week went on. My personal goal was to make as few marks as possible while still evoking an individual – through expression, gesture or posture – and not a generic symbol. I’m going to stick to the same goal again this year.

These sketches are from last Thursday at Gage life drawing, where I made more than 30 drawings during the three-hour session – it’s easy to do when a model is standing right in front of me. You can bet I’m going to life drawing again this week! 😉 But I’ll also be going out in public to sketch people in the usual way. I may not post all 100 sketches here, but you can check my progress on Instagram.

Let’s do it! Who’s in?

3/1/18 5-min. poses
3/1/18 10-min. poses


  1. Nice sketches of the life models! I did start my 100 people and completed 17 today. Yay!!

  2. Yay! Good for you, Joan! I'm trying for 20 per day, and I just hit 20!

  3. I started from photos of people walking and was not enjoying it (and I dislike drawing people anyway), but then my friend The Other Tina suggested action photos, and starting with simple silhouettes. I tried dancers, and that triggered something--did the silhouettes, then got looser and freer and just enjoyed it immensely. Only did 12 yesterday so need to catch up!

    1. Great -- glad you found something that works for you! Yesterday I started with portraits on the bus, but what I really enjoyed was catching passers-by or bus waiters. They are gone in a matter of seconds or minutes, so I get a lot done!


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