1. Be fast. Start to draw as soon as the person takes a seat. Watch them, judge whether they look like they’re going to settle down for a few minutes. This is a lot of fun. 2. Don’t worry about mistakes. Take your pen for a walk and see what happens. If and when you get the line right, this is the line that the viewer (or you) will notice. 3. If you’ve spent ages getting the arm right and he moves, then be patient, bide your time and wait for him to take the same position again. Or give him three arms. 4. If the person is moving quickly, draw what you can, then fill in the bits from the next passer-by, or the next person to take the chair, or whatever. 5. If the person is carrying out a regular action (such as playing an instrument) then be patient and wait till the action repeats itself. 6. Look up, look down and sketch, repeat – so fast that you can still see the line on your retina. Really, it works, but you have to be very fast. Eventually your brain starts to understand the human figure in its own unique way, even if what you draw isn’t really “correct”. (For example, I always do dots for eyes – I don’t know why, it’s just what I do.) But don’t give in to the temptation to draw them if more than a few seconds have passed – the image has gone. 7. Look away if you’re worried about being spotted sketching. Or wear sunglasses, or headphones. Or do what I do – smile, hold up what you’re doing and say “I hope you don’t mind, but I needed a figure in the scene.” That way they don’t feel scrutinised and are usually very pleased. Most people laugh and say “You didn’t get my good side” or “Just take a few pounds off me!” This doesn’t always work. I’ve been told that the subject can get annoyed to see that they are being sketched. I personally dislike the awkwardness that can result from that eye contact. Here are three solutions: remain at a safe distance, choose subjects who are engrossed in their phone or sketch the scene around them first – this gives them time to become used to the fact that a sketch is happening, and they may stop watching what you’re doing after a while. 8. Do try and accept that people move away. That’s part of the fun of sketching people moving – and it has the added benefit of taking the focus off “is my drawing right” to “will I have long enough to get the whole figure down”. This will do wonders for your sketch! 9. Seek situations where you get to draw people from life. A library, an airport, a train, the barbers – anywhere people gather. As I mentioned, they’re often engrossed in their phones, which gets a bit monotonous after a while for sketching, but it’s still good for practice. Seek out other places for sketching people moving, and make the most of them. 10. Use a water brush. That keeps everything flowing – literally – and the all-important concentration won’t be broken. 11. Stick to a limited palette. This means you don’t have to worry about cleaning your brush or choosing colours. Small issues like that can mean the difference in catching the moment your subject takes the pose you needed. 12. Lastly, remember it’s about having fun and enjoying your hobby, not about drawing perfectly. I hope you have enjoyed this Barbershop Quartet – in seven parts – and if you get one useful idea for sketching people moving then I’ll be very happy…I welcome any comments you might have, and if you have any more ideas I’d love to hear them!