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Drawing People in Motion” is a short PDF packed with helpful drawing tips and step by step sketches. It was designed as a handout for my class at the 2013 Urban Sketchers symposium in Barcelona.

I recommend reading in iBooks on an iPad or of course Acrobat Reader on any mobile device. Links may not work in the Kindle Reader on iOS devices because Apple and Amazon can’t seem to get along. Of course you can also read PDFs in any web browser.

Enjoy, and let me know if you found it helpful! ~m

28 Comments leave one →
  1. June 28, 2013 7:44 PM

    Thank you for sharing! It’s nice for us who can’t make it to Barcelona to follow via a mini-version!

  2. June 28, 2013 11:49 PM

    I agree. Thanks so much for your generous offer of the hand out for all of us not going to Spain.

  3. June 29, 2013 1:09 PM

    Thank you Marc — this is really nice, as Jen says, for those of us who can’t go ;-)

  4. Kate Crowe permalink
    June 29, 2013 2:09 PM

    This is lovely. I have a question about the download. What software did you use to put it together? It looks great, and I might want to try to make something similar for the classes that I teach.

    • June 29, 2013 3:29 PM

      Hey Kate – ya I did the page layout in adobe illustrator and combined them into a single PDF in acrobat. I should probably use InDesign – but I need to study up on the interface ;) Haven’t used that DTP stuff for 15 years :)

      • Kate Crowe permalink
        June 29, 2013 7:09 PM

        Thanks, that helps. I haven’t used Illustrator for my student materials but maybe I’ll give it a try.

  5. June 29, 2013 5:36 PM

    Fantastic Marc.
    This is an area I find difficult.
    Brilliantly done & linking the video to it essential
    Thanks

  6. June 30, 2013 9:52 AM

    Hi Marc
    I have followed your work on Urban Sketchers for a couple of years, enjoying the ideas as style in your work. THANKS for posting this PDF. I hope others will follow your example. It is so helpful in improving my work the work of others.
    Take care and good luck in Barcelona
    Ross

  7. Nigel permalink
    June 30, 2013 2:09 PM

    I have been following your blogs for a while. If you were to ever publish and instructional book on drawing/painting many people would be interested I think!

    • June 30, 2013 5:32 PM

      Good to hear! That’s not out of the question :) We’ll see how things go this summer.

  8. Jana permalink
    June 30, 2013 5:29 PM

    This is great! Thank you so much for making this accessible for everyone.

  9. July 1, 2013 11:12 AM

    What a great handout! Thank you for this. Love your work – loose but structured with great skill. A fine balance…

    • July 1, 2013 3:19 PM

      well thank you – exactly what I’m going for!

  10. July 2, 2013 7:34 AM

    Thank you for your fantastic tips. I look forward to the next ones!

  11. chapel permalink
    July 3, 2013 4:07 PM

    Merci ! Comme je ne viens pas à Barcelone j’apprécie doublement. et merci pour la vidéo, je ne comprend pas l’anglais.

  12. July 4, 2013 12:56 AM

    Your work is awesome! Thanks for posting this handy pdf, it’s quite inspiring and makes me want to go out and gesture now. I’ll share this with my classmates.

  13. Doug Moench permalink
    July 19, 2013 12:48 PM

    Thank you for this gift & for your work teaching others. For someone with your talent to be giving others inspiration is, well, inspiring. I absolutely love your loose, free approach to rendering realism, so much so that I just made a purchase on your Etsy page. Keep up the good work!

    • July 19, 2013 12:57 PM

      Well hey! Thanks Doug – that’s great :)

  14. July 28, 2013 10:06 AM

    Thank you for sharing this… I’ve always wondered how artists captured people in motion.

  15. Suzanne Marinier permalink
    July 31, 2013 9:19 AM

    From my point of view, this is the first chapter of your next book ( OK maybe not the first one). Good tips, good layout and in your very personal style. I will practice these step by step techniques. Thank you very much.

    • July 31, 2013 9:33 AM

      Well, that is sort of my thinking – trying on what a book on sketching might be like. I certainly have plans that are only in the idea stage :)

  16. Marie-Odile Thirion ! permalink
    August 1, 2013 10:02 AM

    Hi Marc, how nice of you to share your experience with us ! I’ll no doubt do try them here in Paris, and we can see what results I got next time I am in Montreal. This afternoon together with you and Shari really was great, with the first snow flake on the season. I do regret I could not make it in Barcelona, well that’s life. Take Care ! Marie-Odile

    • August 1, 2013 10:15 AM

      Yes, give us a call next time you’re in town – we’ll go give it another try!

  17. Marie-Odile Thirion ! permalink
    August 3, 2013 3:28 AM

    I tried your system with 4 steps, indeed it helped since the fact of changing the medium gave me some distance to the subject (a couple dancing in Montmartre), I was not stuck in what I saw but I sketched what I felt (at least I tried!) – still a long way to get a correctly satisfactory result, but definitely an improvement

    • August 3, 2013 7:14 AM

      Hey – great to hear you’re applying the method – I like to know people are having fun with it.

  18. August 8, 2013 12:00 PM

    Thanks for this handout. I need to work on gestures, now that I understand why they are so important.

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