From a distance: sketching children in action

In addition to some real-life drawing sessions, most of my sketches of children happen by referring to photos I have taken. Every so often I take a ‘shoot’ of close to 100 photos of the children playing, so that I have some new reference material.

When I am making quick sketches of children, trying to capture their posture and movement, I have concluded that ‘distance’ photos works best. That way I am not so likely to get distracted by details and ‘exactness’. Using photos taken from a distance forces me to use ‘prior knowledge’ of how a child looks (from earlier drawings) to draw the lines that are not so clear to see on the photo, and helps me to be a bit more free with my pencil lines. (…photos like this…) I’m linking up with #amonthof #mycreativespace for the month of November. Today’s prompt: from distance.

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