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Sketching People by Jeff Mellern

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CHARACTER & SETTING

Setting and props are often used as just a backdrop to give characters a sense of place, but setting and props also give us a sense of character by showing us how a person is behaving in his or her surroundings. An aggressive posture is noticeably out of place inside a cathedral and reveals something very different about the character than if he were in a run-down bar. If you were to draw this scene, you might choose to render the sublime architecture of the church in all its detail and grandeur or simply give the man a Bible to hold while he’s chiding another parishioner.

IN YOUR SKETCHBOOK

When you are out drawing real people in real settings, people will be moving around too much for you to quickly capture the whole ...

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