This is a practice in the rapid, fluid style of drawing, which can be used to draw scenes directly from life. Masses of intertwined lines can be used to create tonal areas and thin lines used to suggest surroundings. The picture in the middle is Daumier's Family Scene (1867) in pen, ink and brush on paper. Apparently he was a political cartoonist whose drawings were done quickly from real life.
So the brief in this project was to draw a scene form real life. I tried a few times to sit and draw my family going about their business, but found the constant movement almost impossible to draw, even to capture the outline in a gestural way was proving too difficult as they moved around. As usual, Smagula does not give any clear instructions as to HOW to go about achieving this particular task, so I eventually gave up and drew a picture of my son reading to himself in bed - not moving much, so much easier to draw. I drew the picture fairly quickly, recording my general impression of the scene. It doesn't really look much like my son, but I think it's a reasonable rendition of the scene.
There are lots of artists who regularly sit in parks and cafes and draw busy scenes using fluid line. It's something to do that would improve your illustration skills over time. I will keep it in mind for when I have more free time for that...
Sacha Grossel is a practising Visual Artist from Australia.