Friday, February 22, 2008
Face to Face For 30 Days (#1)
Charcoal and white china marker
I end this 30 day mini project with mixed feelings. I really did do one drawing a day and if I knew I would not have time the next day, I did two so I’d have something in the project bank. This sort of self imposed discipline really kept me focused. But about half way through, I started to miss working on my landscapes. I felt a bit frustrated with my skills and those early drawings look so tentative and stiff. Shortly after this, I had a major break through and finally figured out a comfortable way to work with colored pencils.
I’m indebted to Roz and her30 day bird project for inspiring me. I decided to put my green monster to work and make my own project. Check out the many interesting and diverse areas on her web site. I’d love to try something like her county fair projects too. She’s going to have a blog soon and I can’t wait.
I’d like to add a few quotes from my project journal.
“I keep wishing I had subject with more dramatic lighting, more dramatic facial planes. But in returning to Hockney’s drawings, his are quiet and soft spoken. He has no need for drama in his portraits of everyday people in his life.”
“I thought when I’d finished “today is a good one”. But looking back a few days later, I felt bemusement. I have no idea where I’m going with this.”
“Now I know why Larry Rivers left so many of his second eyes out of his drawings. Placing that second eye is very TRICKY” (A little self editing here.)
You may notice that there are a few less than 30 posted. I spared you the truly awful ones.
If you'd like to see the whole 30 days, click here
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