I love drawing but I don’t draw as much I would. I took a little challenge: draw or sketch every day (if possible) in a sketch book. First day…
A little experiment with a simple portrait from a photo. I try to simplify the shadows and strokes for a modern and dynamic rendering.
Things are pretty rushed lately (moving, DIY, Canadian residency, employment, crochet, pregnancy, you’ll find all this at http://untoonaucanada.blogspot.com) but starting today, I am on maternity leave two months prior to the delivery date. This is the perfect opportunity to take over and spend more time on drawing, painting, illustrating and photography.
I am now enrolled in acrylic paints courses. Significantly simpler than watercolor (which requires a perfect control of spaces unpainted) or oil (very long drying time), acrylic is suitable to all mixtures, all techniques, with textures, materials, transparency, collage … which is perfectly highlighted in this workshop hosted by the University of Montreal. At the same time, I notice my weaknesses:
the use of color, color matching and color blends (I’m handier with a pen or pencil),
the application of paint (no fine lines, impasto, marks left by the brush drips)
But I do not lose hope and the discovery of these new techniques brings me a lot in terms of creativity.
At the same time I’m back on the drawing board. Here is a portrait done this morning.
Two portraits made from a photography of my brother and my sister-in-law. The reason I choose this portrait was the beautiful complicity they show and the tight framing on their faces.
This portrait looks like a comic’s illustration. The eyes and the beard are simplified.
The second one is better, but far to be perfect. It’s more realistic despite some proportion issues in the eyes and in the main parts of the face.
Notes for myself: apply a grid on the original portrait to kee the proportion, especially the eyes’ size, the nose location and take a closer look at the light reflection in her hair.
Observation, perseverance and work: that’s the the secret!
Last weekend we went in the mountains to revitalize ourselves. The result: a small speed sketch done within a few minutes: sharp lines, no erasing, leaving only the hand express.
Still on my old wise man sketch research. Today I tried to draw different movement and face expression. I would like to give a young and lively aspect to his body contrastd by an old and wise face strongly marked by the years added up. What do you think about that?
After spending a week end on a little island close to Auckland: Waiheke, the sun and the beach are still in my mind and in my drawing with this tahitian portrait based on a photography seen in a travel magazine.
I especially love the young woman’s dreaming eyes through the leaf blades of her headgear.
A little drawing today for testing my new toys I received one month ago from Canada: sanguines, charcoals and a charcoal paper pad with a great textured surface. The first sketch was drawn at the Mighty Mighty bar’s counter in Wellington: a portrait of a woman wearing a cloche hat.
Based on this sketh, I tried to use the sanguine and charcoal pencils to create this drawing:
Finally, I decided to use my usual pencil on the charcoal pad, drawing more and more details to obtain this result: