There’s something freeing about drawing something when it is in motion – freedom from details, freedom from drawing with much accuracy. This is all I could get from 30 minutes of watching various lap swimmers and their various onlookers. I then spent another 10 minutes at home summarising main shapes in colour.
And there you have it, a bunch of visual notations. It’s quite an enjoyable process as it is what I imagine being able to take shorthand notes to be like – the ability to capture an essence of something with a minimal number of marks.
To be honest though, I did quite prefer the slower swimmers as I had more time to work out what I was seeing to draw.