Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Portrait drawing class
When I first get to Portrait drawing class on Friday nights - my hands are clumsy and I can't draw worth a bean as shown by the two awful drawings above. And no...I'm not fishing - I've posted these to talk about something that I learned this week.
By the second drawing I'm feeling a bit looser yet also a bit more tense. Our instructor wants us to only use contrast - dark and light and since I haven't learned to see that way yet, it's hard for me - very hard. I have trouble getting over Color, and color gradations to see thru to dark and light. I know that literally my eyes need training to see differently so I work hard at it - too hard. Trying to get dark and light yet make it look like a person - whew. Tough for me to do.
The third drawing was a bit better in terms of dark and light and at the end I threw in some color to placate my eyes. Our model was in front of a green chalkboard and had an orange sweater on. She had the most beautiful eyelids - the only problem was that she kept falling asleep!
By the 4th drawing - I'd had enough of trying to make the drawing look like our model and I just went for the dark and light. No one in class liked this one, they were rather horrified. But I did like it! Maybe because I knew what I was doing and why - but I also like the lips here the best. Yes, it's a bit of a caricature but in terms of learning dark and light, I think it's the best one.
So what did I learn? To get over trying (once again) to be perfect. To draw, and then draw again. To play. To not worry about what others think (the instructor is quite the realist and perfectionist - very very good painter).
I'm hoping to go into this Friday's class with this new attitude intact. We'll see how it all works out.
Posted by Mim at 6:58 AM