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-- 03 August, 2004 --

Portrait class

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Back to the old lead pencil for drawing class last night. I took my new OPs to get stuck into some still life but because I wasn't there last week, I didn't know that we were doing portraits. Maya does this thing where she gets members of the class to sit for 10 minutes each while the rest of us scribble away. It is really one of the most exhausting things that we do so we stop after every second one to have a stretch and walk about looking at everyone else's work. It is really great to have live models to work from. It's a lot easier than working from photographs.

Fortunately, this time she didn't ask me to sit. I really hate to see myself through other people's eyes. The best one last time made me look like a fat hausfrau - my Prussian gggrandmother, perhaps? I think that it's hardest to draw someone that you know really well. This drawing of Number Two Son is a vague resemblence. The other drawing of one of the new girls in the class in much better and it was an interesting angle.

Posted by robynls at August 3, 2004 8:37 PM


Portraiture is indeed tricky. I think if you are out just a little bit with some of your lines, it seems to accentuate the non-fit (euphamism for error..lol) more so in portraiture than for example drawing a building -or maybe its just the way our brains are wired.

Do you get the opportunity at class to start filling in the facial structure, surface, shading etc.? I find my line drawings of faces are nowhere near a likeness of the subject compared to when I fill in the gaps.

Posted by: Detlef at August 4, 2004 6:18 PM

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