Thursday, November 3, 2016

Scribbling at Soccer Games

I'm lucky enough to be able to attend college soccer games and watch my nephew play on the team.

This year, I decided to take a sketchbook and a fat, soft pencil, and force myself to spend at least one half of the games trying to quick sketch people in motion.

FAST motion!

My goal was to practice seeing how bodies moved, how clothes moved on those bodies as they twisted and turn and ran and stopped, and to practice proportions.   I also hoped to strengthen my visual memory.

Here are some of the results.

As you can see, I wrote notes to myself, noting what confused me, what I was trying to indicate.  You can see me testing, trying, scribbling and scribbling right over top, just capturing the general shapes and trying to convey some sense of movement.

I wasn't sure how I'd like the practice--if it would decrease my enjoyment of the games.  But it made the games way more fun.  I paid better, closer attention to the players.  I learned names and numbers more quickly than I usually do in a season.  And I grew in my appreciation for how amazing these athletes are!

Have you tried scribbling fast motion sketches?  Why not give it a whirl next time you are at a child's game?  Or watching sports on TV?

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