Sketching People on the Go

“But they’re always moving!!” Exactly! We will use gesture, cross-contour, and context to study the human form. By working from the inside out and the outside in, drawing people becomes more about energy than form. Our aim is not to produce technically accurate drawings but satisfying and spontaneous impressions of people.

Learning goals: After taking this workshop students will be able to: • Approach drawing the human figure with less trepidation. • Focus on essential lines that identify what a figure is doing – walking, pointing, stooping, talking, etc. • Express more fluidity and feeling into their people. • Use different approaches in different sketching situations. • Sketch people with more confidence.

Supply list

  • Very soft graphite pencil – 4B or 6B
  • Brush pen with soft brush (i.e. Pentel-Fude-Brush-Medium, Kuretake Fountain Brush Pen)
  • Pen of your choice
  • Watercolor set and brush
  • Sketchbook or watercolor sheets
About the instructor

Jane Wingfield

Jane Wingfield got her start at the Chicago Art Institute Children’s Program and later studied art at the University of Washington, Western Washington State University and Evergreen State College working in oil painting and printmaking. She also studied sumi-e painting in Tokyo, Japan. Jane started sketching on location in 2009 when she joined the fledgling Seattle Urban Sketchers at a gathering at a sketch outing in Volunteer Park. Since then, she has been sketching non-stop and volunteering with Urban Sketchers in Seattle and Internationally. She currently co-edits the quarterly newsletter, Drawing Attention. The practice sketching on location for over 12 years has given her the gumption to pull out her sketchbook and start sketching just about anywhere. “Travel sketching is the best! It’s not only inspiring, memorable, and endlessly entertaining, it also provides the best souvenirs!”

When: Saturday, July 15, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Check-in at Graphite Arts Center.