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!

12 thoughts on “Soccer sketching

  1. i think soccer man is pretty good! You could consider buying one of those wooden mannequins for artists which allow you to move the arms and legs and all joints. good fun.
    https://www.google.com.au/search?q=wooden+art+mannequin&rlz=1C1GGGE_enAU545AU545&tbm=isch&source=iu&ictx=1&fir=Z5BMpSseUsdT7M%253A%252CtEdDRJF6K7FMyM%252C_&usg=AI4_-kTOqyRXBj40nZ4M3bBVEtdtUjhp-w&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjTpPnXrdXeAhWQeisKHU6JDkgQ9QEwAnoECAAQCA#imgrc=_

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  2. Have you done gesture drawings? They are so much fun! There are some great websites that show figures for various times — like 20 or 30 seconds — and it is awesome to quickly capture the essence of the body/movements. Oh, and yes, those “art mannequins” are very helpful.

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    1. No, I’ve never heard of it to be honest, Judith. But I can imagine that being able to capture body movements or positions in a short time gap would be a great skill to avhieve ☺ I’ll check it out when I have some time on my hands ☺

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  3. I really admire your dedication! There is a lot of expression in your “Freud” figure. The soccer player does look like he is in motion from the waist down. Have you ever considered signing up for a life drawing class? Drawing people in motion from your imagination can be really tricky (if that’s what you did, kudos!). I just stumbled upon a class you can take from the comfort of your home: https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/article/online-life-drawing-class-lifedrawinglive

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    1. Thank you!☺ I’ve considered it, yes. In painting I’ve used youtube a lot, finding different tutorial videos. In drawing I’ve bought me some books about the basics of techniques. I like the comfort of taking lessons from my own home, so I’ll check this one out for sure ☺

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