Quick and easy

By Peter Norman

While I wait for the end of this eternal, snowy, Calgary winter, even here in the midst of spring, I find myself often parked in front of the television.  While it is not my first choice as a sketching location, it does provide the same opportunity for live, people sketching as being out in the world. In fact, it can be more challenging, since it is fairly certain, given the time frame of TV shows, that your subject will be gone within a minute or less.

This sketch was done, almost as a single line drawing. I had to move fast, because I never knew whether the camera would switch back to my subject for a last glimpse of some detail in the helmet or the uniform of this Seal Team soldier.

It is a great way to practice capturing the essence of a character without being too concerned about making it so accurate that it is poster – ready. Give it a try. It is great fun.


Sketching the World 2

Hong Kong, for me, is an urban sketcher’s treasure trove. It’s intense urban density is squeezed between sea and mountains. Where centuries old traditional chinese shops sit next to 21st century skyscrapers it is a modern city in an ancient culture.

Chun Yeung Street is a daily street market with a tram running down the middle. image

My wife’s ancestral village gate, now surrounded by the city  sketched during an ancestor’s festival.image

Lei Yue Mun, some of the freshest seafood dining in Hong Kong. It is a former fishing village with a view of Hong Kong Island across the harbour.image

A shop on a slope with goods stacked to the ceiling.image


Marching into Spring

by Peter Norman

100Hey sketchers. Here is an idea that may help us get to the spring thaw, an activity to keep us busy until the temperatures warm sufficiently that we can stay alive to complete an outdoor sketchwalk. Marc Taro Holmes, a major figure in the international urban sketcher organization, has issued a repeat of last year’s challenge to sketch 100 people in one week. It was tremendously successful last time and I’m sure it will be again. This year’s dates are March 5 – 9.

While it sounds daunting it need not be. The sketches can be as simple or as detailed as you like. The awful picture at the right shows the first few I attempted for last year’s challenge. I realized quite quickly that the sketches deed to be much simpler if I was ever to complete the task.  It was great fun and great practice. For information and ideas on the challenge check out Marc’s Citizen Sketcher site here. You can follow the challenge as sketchers post their work and even add your own.  Take a look at some of 2017’s results here