Soccer sketching

To practise my ability to draw people in movement, I thought it would be a nice task to try and draw a soccer player about to kick a ball.

It’s hard enough to draw a human being sitting or standing still, so I soon noticed the challenges that comes with drawing something in motion.

Is the knee in the right angle? Are the shoulders in a natural position? How does a hand look when you’re about to kick a ball?

All these – and a lot more – questions wandered through my mind as the drawing came to life, but I have to admit it was a lot of fun!

This is how it ended up:

Soccer sketch

The left arm and hand is not good at all, and the shirt don’t fit nicely around that area either. The eyes are not well aligned, and the ball is not that round.

All of these errors considered, I still had a blast drawing it.

I think the power and motion of the kicking movement comes through, and I can imagine how he’s going to kick the ball in just a second or two. Maybe it’s the last kick of the ball in a huge game?

All of this makes the drawing a lot more interesting, as the dynamics bring life to it all in a much stronger way than in the drawings I’ve made with people just standing still. Like this:

The first marker man

I think people in motion is the next step for me!