Even waiting in line for a movie there is plenty to draw - everyone has a different way of standing or sitting. Try to capture those nuances - every character you draw will stand or sit differently, depending on their personality and emotional state, so learn to see the difference in real people.
Sketch the difference between an impatient person standing in line and one who is standing at ease, waiting patiently. To be able to capture the difference in those two things is an amazing feat for an artist and will really help you start to see degrees of subtlety which is a big step in developing as an artist.
So don’t make the mistake of ever thinking that there is nothing around you worth sketching. There is always something around to capture and see anew. Don’t wait to sketch until you are facing that perfect-looking lion at the zoo. Sketch the stuff you see every day and see it in a fresh way. That’s the kind of stuff that great art is made of!
I think most people don’t draw as expressively as they can. They don’t push their poses and expressions to the point that they could and ambiguous drawing is the result. We all know that one of the hardest parts about drawing is crafting an image where anyone that looks at it can tell exactly what the characters are thinking and feeling. It’s not easy, and like all the other posts in this series, that’s why I’m bringing it up.
Sometimes I think people restrain their drawings because they want their drawings to look “pretty”, and they’re afraid that pushing the expressions too far will make for an “ugly” drawing. To me, nothing could be further than the truth. I really love drawing pushed expressions, in fact, without that, I don’t think drawing would be much fun. My favorite drawings of mine are the ones that have the most caricatured expressions.
Drawing expressively doesn’t mean giving every drawing over-the-top broad wacky expressions, it just means that whatever the feelings and attitude of the character you’re drawing, every element of their body (their face, their posture, etc.) reflects what they’re feeling, and their attitude is very clear to whoever looks at the drawing. But the expressions should be appropriate; subtle for a subtle expression and pushed further for a more extreme expression.
Maybe another reason that expressiveness gets lost is that people are trying to draw “realistically” and they think only “cartoony” drawings are expressive. But real people can actually be pretty expressive. Also, we’re not trying to recreate realism, every drawing is a caricature of reality on some level and every piece of art we create should be making a statement, right? Isn’t that what makes it “art”? Besides, photography (and our own eyes) are great at capturing realism. Recording the world on paper exactly as we see it seems like a silly reason to draw.“