[By Suhita Shirodkar] Prepping for my workshop titled People and Places: Life in Contrast at 7th Urban Sketchers Symposium in Manchester. The workshop teaches quick gesture-sketching and uses it as a basis to build up complete sketches.
Have you wanted to add more people into your sketches but find you don't because you're afraid to? Here's my best tip: Sketch them first. By getting to what you find hardest first, you avoid the extra burden of worrying if you'll mess up a sketch once you've put considerable time and effort into it. Next, move on to the rest. Take your time building in around your figures. The longer you wait to draw in people into your scenes, the more chance you'll draw in tight and stilted figures.
You can apply this process to a quick sketch like the one above, or a longer one like the one below. This time my people are sketched in graphite, a softer medium and you can see how they appear quieter in the scene.
More thoughts on working people into sketches and more of those sketches as we build up the symposium here on my blog.