Well, for those of you following my weekly progress, you know practice is something I do daily. Moleskine and all!
To that end I needed a head to practice drawing before Wednesday’s class. As I do with a steaming hot bath, I like to dip a toe in to test the water...so it is with preparing myself for portrait drawing; I don’t want any surprises.
It just so happened (as fate favours me) the perfect headshot arrived in my Inbox.
A dear friend shared, by way of a photo, the outcome of a successful trip to her hairstylist. She was beaming with excitement over her new do!
Here...see for yourself, doesn’t she look happy!
Here is my portrait of her - titled “Happy Haircut”. (Size: 11x14)
Clearly - I am overjoyed with the outcome of my first portrait drawing. I’m seldom at a loss for words but it is hard to articulate how much this drawing means to me - I am truly tickled with it!
Note the pendant...due to having my "eureka moment" (see below) I "got" how to show the rounded edge!
In the process of drawing this portrait I have learned so much about tonal value - my goal, now, is to add realism to the hair by adding colour with the help of pastels. I will lift out (using my kneading eraser) the colour (rust shade) from my Ferby pencil, and add depth using colour to match that in the photo.
I don’t want to “colour” everything in this drawing but just use hints of colour, like I did on the lips and necklace - subtle and delicate, not overpowering.
I’m starting to get a feel for what I like drawing - and this most definitely has been a favourite.
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CREATIVE DRAWING - WEEK 6 THE EUREKA MOMENT - I GET IT!
Now...let me share the eureka moment I had that lead to my understanding of tonal values and how they help to create perspective.
Week 6 of my art class: the table from my angle (zooming in on the sunflower)
Note the centre of the sunflower and how it curves and looks like a donut ring. Well, I must have stared at that centre for about ten minutes trying to see the light and dark values.
I then spent another fifteen minutes trying, most unsuccessfully I might add, to get it to look like what I thought I was seeing. I was just about to give up (which we all know is not my style) when I took my kneading eraser and removed “dark” from where I thought “light” was hitting the flower’s centre.
Here is what I drew...and I want you to know I actually let out an “I GET IT” cheer, in class, when I realized what I had done looked rounded and had depth to it. Note: I was so focused on the centre that time ran out before I could start on the petals - hence this drawing is far from finished.
There’s no turning back now...it’s full steam ahead for me and my pencils as the magic unfolds.
Thank you for joining me as I take this artistic journey. Your words of encouragement, and the energy in your wonderful comments, truly inspire and motivate me to keep going.
How is your passion doing - are you nurturing it along or has it been relegated to the back burner when life gets in the way?