People Walking – Not An Easy Subject

I’ve been making quite a few drawings of people walking lately.

And I don’t think it’s an easy subject.

There has to be movement.

And it has to look right. 

I hadn’t really planned adding dogs to the scene.

They just ended up there.

It felt natural.

And the last sketch ended up looking like a clown club excursion…

I don’t know how or why that happened either.

But, all in all, I got in several decent attempts of those walking movements.

It was fun to draw people again.

Not just those ships and ferries.

14 kommentarer om “People Walking – Not An Easy Subject

  1. YES! Do diversify your drawings and the subjects that inhabit them. Don’t get stuck in the forest with the vacant huts and little waterways like painter Bob Ross. And, yeah, motion needs to be drawn/captured well to convey itself to the audience. Otherwise, it looks awkward and causes viewers to ask questions.

    I see you took a rather crude quick approach versus using the conventional stick-figure-mechanics so many suggest. It’s a start. But, it’s also difficult to improve upon when the imagery is very…cluttered? Your quick or methodical sketches lack the white space and definite lines to evaluate your ability to capture the motion. With some clean-up you could decide where to add/subtract lines to improve the sense of motion.

    I myself struggle with…well, so many aspects of drawing. Drawing remains a passion of mine, but, no matter how talented people tell me I may be, I am well aware I have much practice yet to do to feel satisfied with my own output. All I have, right now, is a crackling fire of ideas without purpose.

    1. You are probably right about that. But during busy days I want to get those drawings done. I also find it a lot less fun working methodically, which will probably keep me from getting it right. But the freedom of a quick drawing brings me a lot of pleasure, and I try to be bold with my strokes. Some works out quite well, others very, very bad. I’m sure it would be better to do it properly, but it wouldn’t bring me any joy at the moment.

      I would like to see your drawings posted up on the internet. I’m sure you are harder on yourself than you need to be. I think most people are 🙂

      1. I know how not-fun being methodical is. But, I also realize–after decades of ignoring some «rules of thumb (and other fingers)»–my drawings have lacked…well…structure and realism. I can do a decent job from a photo or previously drawn image, reproducing what I see (provided lines are clear and lighting is good). But, if you don’t have all of that, having knowledge and ability to use the «conventional structure system» seems the way to go; knowing how to apply those sticks and joints to stage and dress figures, from basic to detailed. I’ve ignored that for so long because, like my other fool-hearted family members with their fiery egos, I thought I could figure out everything on my own, my way. And, for some stuff, that’s worked out okay. But, when I hit a bump in the road, I think about those lessons I ignored and wonder…was I wrong?

        I still don’t think we need to become the perfect copycat-student of some other conventionally-trained teacher. We can still find some things our own way. But, a little more structure usage might help, like using a cane or walker when you can no longer stand upright or walk easily. Eventually, we all get old, lose some eyesight and balance.

        Well, then, enjoy the quick drawings and forget about them looking good in the eyes of those you hope to impress. Enjoy the motion of your arm and tool as a sort of physical zen-therapy. Consider the drawings exercises instead of polished work. And, don’t find any faults, because you are not open to correcting them. You just want to enjoy the exercise. And, when I exercise, I don’t think too much about things like posture and how my limbs are positioned. I just move my body however I can without discomfort.

        Maybe try using different tools, too. Try capturing these people and animals in motion with a paint brush, maybe. See if the looser, broader strokes bring more or less pleasure to the exercise. Experiment and see where the experiments take you, mentally, emotionally. I still aspire to, one day, try throwing paint as I’ve seen some do….after a lifetime of being very conservative in how I use all of my art tools.

        That’s what my family (and some other people) lead me to believe, too, that I am too hard on myself. But, experience has shown me when and where talent matters, I come up short. And, I myself have become more aware of what practice I’ve been lacking. I also greatly lack positive inspiration and support from people who genuinely appreciate and can be compassionate with me, the artist, not just see an artist doing something they won’t try and suddenly expecting them to be the next Normal Rockwell or Willy Wonka, able to make anything with a magical thought and twirl of a pencil. Just yesterday my brother told me I should be a Disney animator posting how-to videos on Disney Plus. There is no way I would/could see myself doing that. I don’t have the skills. And, I’m a little past the desire to replicate something someone else created the rest of my days until my fingers no longer function adequately. I’m not a machine of reproduction. I’m a flash-in-the-pan artist who has moments of divine inspiration which spill out onto various canvases in a feverish and lengthy exercise. Hence why I associate myself with lightning bolts. Boom! Inspiration comes and goes.

        I have a few drawings I’ve managed to scan which I could post but would rather show some other more exclusive way lest I just hand off whatever brilliance I might have to some cut-rate copier who can reproduce and profit from my ideas with some sort of mass-produced swag. The internet is a complex maze of trickery and deception; and I’ve grown to even more cautious of sharing my «best» work since I started at the dawn of the millennium. Want proof? Just look at my list of Follows which seems to be rife with phony faces from foreign websites starved for free content to lure/trap wayward searchers. Also, there’s growing talk of all this NFT business and websites that host artists’ work with the stories behind the works preserved for history. I’m slowly leaning toward looking into that.

        If an artist isn’t a little hard on him/her self, he/she is not an artist (with heart).

        On that note, I have a piece to post about some «famous» artists I just saw on TV.

      2. You have some good points there. But personally I no longer aspire to be praised for my work. It’s not even something I view as art anymore.

        It takes skill, knowledge and criticism, for sure. You are absolutely right about that. But I’m wholeheartedly in this for myself. For what it gives me, personally. The serenity. I can’t create anything without that.

        I’ve put up a shop for selling a few of my pieces, but that’s a bonus which haven’t benefited me at all so far. Quite the opposite. And if people want to steal some of it, it hasn’t hurt me economically one bit. I’ve settled with the thought that sharing the joy of painting and drawing with others is the real treat.

        And if we wait, or demand, for our work to be brilliant before we show it, it might one day be too late. And then, what has been the point in this self-censorship?

        Everything in life is supposed to be perfect, and not one thing is. So I’m going for the fun. Not any glory.

        There are enough brilliant artists out there to achieve that.

      3. If what you are doing isn’t art, what is it? Psychotherapy for the soul? Merely a mental and hand exercise to fill time?

        You must be so humbled and downtrodden that you don’t seek ANY praise or appreciation of your work.

        How can you sell pieces without any feeling toward the art?… I guess I’m having trouble understanding your feelings. You don’t see it as art nor seek appreciation yet can sell pieces because they are nothing more than milk your udders keep producing? Just an excess biproduct of your existence without calves to feed?

        «Funny» thing about stealing (art). You may not notice it right away or in the moment. But, ideas have a way of leaking from our pores and turning someone else a profit. You only notice when something pops up as trending or popular…and you say, «Hey. I drew something like that, once.» That’s what happened to me with a few Pokemon…and at least one He-Man character. Coincidence? Perhaps. But, I have my suspicions.

        Then again, if we are truly at peace with our creative beings, we might look at ourselves like trees and let the fruit fall where it may. If our idea-fruit inspires another and helps them become rich, so be it…for as good as that is, as long as that lasts. We are idea-fruit trees; we’ll make more (idea-fruit).

        I dunno. Maybe talk of so much theft to the extent of even committing murder and/or robbing someone of their rights/identity has made me want to hide in a cave and cover my artwork until I find the right audience.

        Besides, plenty of artists are quite…public…to no benefit. They are looked upon like freaks instead of valued for their output. Why let countless fools eyeball and scrutinize what the few with the potential to see should have first crack at experiencing? And, spare the unwanted insults/judgment.

        Perfection is in the perspective. Spend enough time with something, and you’ll either find it perfectly fine as it is or pick it apart by finding flaws. Simpler minds just say, «This works for me.»

        Well, I’m not sure what glory I seek, but I do know I want to be appreciated while I’m alive, creating works with purpose, not just spectacles. And, I want to be remembered well when I’m gone, with my «leftovers» treated kindly, not tossed to the auction wolves who toss prices around like straw in a barn.

      4. Yes. It is like psychotherapy for the soul. Something I do for myself, to live a better life. But you are giving me quite a few characteristics of your own.

        I never said my paintings are excess biproducts, that’s your own words. What I said was that I am painting for my own pleasure. It means a lot to me, and so does many of my paintings, but it is perfectly fine if it doesn’t mean anything to others. By putting them up for sale, it’s up to others to judge. If someone likes them and wants to buy them, then great. Who am I to judge what has meaning and not in others eyes?

        And we all end up forgotten, but you may extend your remembrance a bit. But probably, for most of us, we won’t. It’s not a nice feeling, but that’s how it is. You may be set on being great in others eyes, but I think it’s more important to be as happy and free as possible while living. And for me that’s achieved by following my own direction. If it brings me success, I won’t turn that down. I just won’t let that be a factor in the process.

        I guess we just have problems understanding each other. But I think it’s a pity to keep your art away from others eyes, when it could be appreciated by someone out there.

      5. Buuut…you still have to price your work…or have a crazy amount of faith and charity to let others pick their prices for your work…whether they are buying out of sympathy or pursuit of future riches. I just can no longer produce art like that. I cannot price my work when I think like you do. And, when I don’t think like you do and CAN price my work, I don’t feel as good, anyway. Regardless of all of that, I need to know, when I create something, it has a place to go/be stored. And, I don’t mean sealed away in some nest-egg vault or sold on eBay.

        Who says anyone is forgotten? How can you determine such a fate? Why do we remember guys like Van Gogh and Shakespeare? Were they really great or just people that stuck in the heads of their neighbors?

        Yea, well, getting lost in my own imagination for my sole enjoyment isn’t exactly going to ensure happiness when the rest of the world demands more of me. I cannot live on my art, alone. If I could afford a happy lifestyle just drawing and crafting, then we might blow my mind a bit and improve my outlook. But, so far, I don’t see that happening.

        I follow my own direction by resisting when others tell me how I should dress or behave. I follow my own direction when I trust my gut on just about any decision, even if my instinct clashes with that of others. But, some directions seem to come along which don’t allow for my own direction. So maybe, some days, we cannot be Frank Sinatra, always doing it our way.

        You are definitely more humble and okay with failure/loss than I am. I used to have more pride and a bit of ego, but that faded with aging. Yet, there’s a fire in me that is difficult to understand and tame.

        Oh, my art won’t be hidden from everyone forever. And, you may never know what is already «out there.» You just have to find it and identify it as mine. Again, I know when my work is truly appreciated and when it’s just a bargaining chip/promotional tool. And, I don’t think the world needs any more financial schemes or tools.

      6. Yes, it is difficult to set a price. It would be nice if it covered the material, but if someone would have wanted to put one of my paintings on their wall that would be the important thing.

        I would say that Van Gogh and Shakespeare are examples of people who’ve extended their remembrance. When enough time has passed, they as well won’t be remembered. And in the end the sun will have done it’s job, and say goodbye to us all. And so on, and so on. It’s all a question of time. It sounds a bit cheesy, but that’s the end result anyway.

        I can’t afford to live a happy lifestyle just drawing and crafting either. I have to bring in the money through a regular job. You say that I’m more okay with failure and loss than you are, but I no longer look at it as failure if the world don’t like or want what I make. Because that’s not the decisive factor. I have pride in creating what I want – and need – to create. I would like, like most others, to share my work and find others who like it. But that shouldn’t be the stamp of approval. That should come from the inside.

        I don’t think I’ll ever find any of your art out there when I’ve never seen anything you’ve made for comparison. That sounds like an impossible job. But I respect your decision, and I understand what you are saying.

        We all try to separate from the crowd and be brilliant. Making something that would make us remembered. But how unlucky life would turn out for most of us, if that decided a successful life. It’s just one part of it. I appreciate your points, though. I just don’t feel the same way.

      7. You are too humble, in a way. People could take advantage of that. I was like you about 20 years ago. But, I’ve been disappointed and scarred a-plenty. Now, I’m more shrewd about what I give away and what commands a better, decent price. And, even I am «too cheap» sometimes; I had a lady pay me more than I asked for work I did because she felt I deserved better. That was rare and nice. But, I also gave her 110% of my heart in that work.

        Like how long? When they’re as old as the pyramids? A few thousand years?

        Well, your end-all-be-all outlook is rather bleak and far off, considering our perspective on the time we actually live/have. Just because the sun will eventually burn out and wreck the solar system doesn’t mean I don’t have to care about what happens this year or the next.

        Again, you don’t know me that well; you have no idea where my art might turn up. 😛 It’s like finding Banksy. So, I’m just saying you might find something I inspired or crafted and not know it is mine.

        If you are really that interested, you should contact me via email, and I may send you some samples.

        Yes, clearly we are like oil and water though both kind, humbled creative souls.

      8. I’ve come to the conclusion that I don’t have much to lose taking that risk. Although it’s a sad thought, and something I hope won’t happen.

        I agree that we have to care about what happens this year or next. My rather immature point was that our legacy will fade away no matter, and I can’t help feeling that trying to secure it is a wasted effort.

        Maybe I’ve already seen your work, but will never know it was yours. Come to think of it, that’s probably the purest sacrifice one can make for art. So in that case, hats off to you, sir. Maybe you are the most humble one after all.

        I’ll send you an e-mail, anyway.

      9. Not immature. Just from a different perspective, as if I was looking down from the treetops and you were looking up from the ground.

        But, again, you sound like we shouldn’t care because all of our generation’s history will eventually be destroyed by nature and time. That doesn’t exactly make life worth living. We secure our «legacy» for as long as we can. Beyond our control is…what’s beyond our control. But, if you’d like future generations to benefit from your good intentions and gestures and creations, you might want to ensure them. [And, not by paying someone to insure them.]

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