People, Faces & Pointy Hotels

It’s helpful when you’re a sketcher to know how to approach anything & everything – from bikes to buildings, crowds to millponds. So we challenged ourselves this week.

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THURSDAY FEB 14 ’13

Good ol’ Valentines Day.

Because  we’re on people this week, we did our first sketch of the mannequins on the table, each with a red heart somewhere on him/her.

Considering we had some newish sketchers today, the results were great.

The next half of the hour was to sketch each other.

A few pointers before starting, on how to look at a head and where it sits on the shoulders.

A few ‘wow’ comments and laughs when we saw the results.

Then to an architectural challenge – the pointy end of the New Brighton Hotel.

Everyone began to ‘get it’ even if the pen didn’t always!

Some really lovely sketches as you see from the pics above.

Upstairs to the Bistro on the balcony we went, in the New Brighton Hotel.

Lunches were ordered and we were then to sketch a page of people, as seen down below on the Corso, or others dining nearby.

Some fun results amid much conversation and sketching.

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FRIDAY FEB 15 ’13

A nice warm & sunny day. Not the rain that threatened earlier.

Groan, oh yes it’s the mannequins. Just a matter of really looking and working out the proportions. Most did very well. A couple of people missing today may have felt lucky!

Then for the fun of sketching each other. This is so good for ones ability to really see spaces and finer details. Everyone did very well, even the beginners had some lovely results.

New Brighton Hotel here we come. Knowing where that eye level line is – is the key. Mind you even sketches that seem to be a bird’s eye view can still be made to work, and everybody’s did.

Bistro lunch on the New Brighton balcony and little people sketches.

There were some squeals of delight when their sketches actually captured the pose of the people seen below.

A really busy sketch day, but very rewarding results.

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SATURDAY FEB 16 ’13

Poured with rain first thing, but I’d seen the blue horizon beyond, so I wasn’t going to be tricked.

Our group quickly got onto the mannequins waiting silently on the table for them. They stay where they are and never need a break – unlike real people.

Liz was with us today, to help with any hints on checking heads and angles and so on.

All our sketchers took well to the ‘sketch each other’ challenge. Once people know the basic proportions of a head, it’s easier to make sense of where eyes or ears should go etc.

We all enjoyed the fun results.

Down at New Brighton Hotel, Liz was able to give some guidance to any hesitation about where one’s eye level is, and where all the lines lead to.

Everyone today did excellent work, and almost completed the colour before I snatched it away for picture taking.

We’ve really enjoyed being perched up on the balcony this week, with a view of the beach, having a ‘pub’ lunch and observing the people below.

Being Chinese New Year, Young very kindly brought traditional Pineapple cakes as a treat, which some of us had with our coffee, and others will savour later.

An excellent week for us all.

©ErinHill2013

4 comments

  1. annie wise

    Hi Erin,

    Thank you again for more wonderful art!

    I thought I’d be working some Fridays this term, but happily it looks like I won’t have to after all.

    How much would it cost me to buy 2 more Friday classes?

    Have a lovely weekend. Regards, Annie Wise

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