Sometimes doing nothing in particular is interesting in itself. Just capturing the moment of “nothingness” says something about the inner person because, after all, there is something going on (inside).
When I leaf through the pages of my sketchbooks, I can’t help but think these are real people at a point in time that I happened to capture on paper. They did not pose for me; they were doing what was natural for them and I happened to be there to catch their moment.
The guy with the box (prop) looks like he is trying to figure something out. I caught a guy pulling up his pants; the bent wrist and lines on the pants sell this thought. The body type of the guy with a hat says teenager. The fourth sketch shows a father giving his daughter a better view of a parade at “the happiest place on earth,” and in the right-hand sketch I was fortunate enough to catch a couple in a “so glad to see you” moment.
To stand comfortably the body has to be in balance; body language communicates the actions, while negative and positive shapes contribute also.
Different body types stand, each telling their own story. Make sure you capture the body statement in line.
Observe body types and how the subjects of your sketch clothe themselves.
Different things such as props motivate us to stand—a cell phone, newspaper, hot dog, a barbeque, or an usher guiding one to a seat.
Walking through the airport, a man hesitated, scratched his leg, and kept walking. A student in a class I was teaching said he could “stand” on one arm. To prove it, he did just that. Fortunately for me I had my sketchpad. A traveler caught my eye, as he bent over, balancing on one leg, bent down, and picked up an object. I was in the right place at the right moment to capture all these scenes in line. You can do the same.
Some stand in the wind, some stand to get a better view of a painting, and some stand to model. Observe and commit the stand to paper.
The following is an excerpt from Quick Sketching with Ron Husband.
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Ron Husband is a Disney animator who has worked on films such as The Small One, The Fox and the Hound, The Black Cauldron, The Great Mouse Detective, Oliver & Company, The Little Mermaid, The Rescuers Down Under, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, Pocahontas, Fantasia 2000, the re-release of Beauty and the Beast in IMAX format and Treasure Planetreleased in 2002 where he animated Long John Silver. He also animated the cool cat in the music video for Paula Abdul’s “Opposites Attract”. On top of his animation credits, Ron has also illustrated numerous children’s books and magazines, and runs drawing workshops at Cal Arts, Gnomon school and other locations all over the world.