Friday, July 25, 2008
Look Mom, no eyebrows!
Here is the self portrait after day 2. Still, I do not believe it is done, because not only do I not have any eyebrows, but also, there is something wrong with that left eye. There is more in it than that to work on, but at the moment, those are the glaringly obvious issues. I am tired of wearing the same tank top, so today I decided to wear a similar one, and wash the one I was wearing. Then, if I need it again tomorrow (let's hope not), at least it will be clean. I suppose I could do what most artists I know do: rather than sitting in front of a mirror, they take a photograph self portrait and use the photograph as a reference, rather than the image in the mirror. I don't know why I don't do that, except to say that I really get bored working from a photograph. The photograph never moves, never changes expression, never needs a bathroom break. It is much too demanding a task master. I like the live, actual person, be it me or an obliging model. Then, we need to take breaks, move around. Get back into the pose and move slightly, so that I have to redraw the hand, or maybe the eyes are more interesting this time. The head tilt is different, so now I have to deal with that change. This is what I enjoy about life drawing. It is like life - ever changing and demanding that we deal with those changes. For me, it is much closer to the truth.
I hope everyone has a nice weekend! Go eat watermelon with seeds (do they still sell that kind?) and spit the seeds out! Just like you did when you were a kid. If you didn't do it as a kid, you really need to do it, cuz it is fun.