I thought you might like to see my (often scrappy) sketches.
This was one of my first sketches using tentative lines finding the shape of the forms.
Feeling a bit nervous, I just used a .1 pen in the quick sketches below. The odd child on the right had wrapped herself in a towel. On the left is a mom holding a child on her hip. People in motion is my most challenging thing to draw.
Below is a different approach to drawing people, but they need to pose or be sitting still for at least 10 minutes (for me). A bold .5 pen is good and this is done as a contour drawing, barely lifting the pen from the paper, so that it is a continuous line.
Drawing children needs a soft touch especially when doing faces. Elva and Nomi sit fairly still when playing mine craft. The .1 Pentel technical pen is delicate.
My new best tool is a nylon brush Pentel pen which is actually a cartridge pen but currently has no cartridge, so I am just using it as a dip pen. However one dip can last for at least 20 strokes. Moreover, unlike a brush you can always do sensitive strokes and they are never “soggy”
WWe were sheltering from a short sharp rainfall on a tree-top jungle walk and the Macaque monkeys (about the size of domestic cats) were also sheltering in a tree about 2 meters away. The mother had a sleeping baby abd now and again her teenager were groom her. One of the weird things is that their eyes and noses look rather like Joachim Burgert’s stylised drawings!