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Crayon on paper sketch of figures and boats by Clyfford Still
Clyfford Still, PPX-7, c. 1925 (detail). Crayon on paper, 8 3/4 x 11 3/4 in.
Clyfford Still Museum, Denver, CO. © City and County of Denver / ARS, NY

CSM at Home Activities: Scribble People

Scribble People

These loose, gestural drawings of the figure help artists to get a sense of proportion, anatomy, and movement without having to worry about details.

Materials:

  • Friend or family member to pose or an image of a person
  • Drawing instrument
  • Paper

Instructions:

  1. Ask your model to strike a pose or pull up your image of a person.
  2. Look at the overall shapes of the different parts of the body. Are they ovals? Triangular? Rectangular?
  3. Hold your tool loosely and make quick scribbles to sketch out the parts of the body.
  4. Remember the joints-include bends at the elbows, knees, wrists, and ankles.

Consider:

  • Use colored pencils or crayons to add color to parts of your drawing.
  • Try drawing different poses.
  • Set a timer and allow yourself 30 seconds or a minute to draw each pose before switching.
  • Explore all the different ways that Clyfford Still experimented with and portrayed the figure using our online collection.
Graphite sketches of figures on paper by Clyfford Still
Clyfford Still, PDX-126, c. 1927. Graphite on paper, 12 x 9 in. Clyfford Still Museum, Denver, CO. © City and County of Denver / ARS, NY

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