slightly wonky


Portraits excavated from attic
September 8, 2011, 4:38 pm
Filed under: Drawing | Tags: , , , , , ,

A while ago, I took a portrait drawing class.  This is really one of my favorite things to do.  I don’t know why, but I really do love drawing people’s faces.  But when I am not in a class, I find it really hard to do so.  I mean, who is going to sit still long enough?  Nobody.  The other thing about this is…I don’t think that I would necessarily want these drawings hanging up in my house.  I love crazy abstract art.  I am less inclined to like realistic art.  So…these are attempts at realistic images of people that I don’t even KNOW.  Why would I put these drawings on my wall?  Hmmm.  I am considering taking another portrait class, just because I love doing it, but I’m not sure.  If I don’t like the end products, then why do it?  Or, is that just me being too “product/end result” oriented?  Here are the drawings.  Note how the corners of them got crumpled in the attic.  Sheesh.  I need a flat file.

I’ve managed to flatten that one out a bit.  I may try to enter it in a portrait show.  Who knows.  I don’t think that it is really “original” enough, but we’ll see.  He was kind of a character.  Here is the second drawing:

She got quite crumpled.  Hmm…I will have to work on that.  I managed to crop my feet standing next to the drawings, as I thought that would look odd.  This was a hard pose to draw, as a profile doesn’t give much depth.  A 3/4 view is always better.  In a crowded class, though, you can’t always get the good spot.

I’m still chasing after abstract art.  Is it futile for me?  I’m not saying that these drawings are amazing…but I have some modicum of ability here.  Should I keep going with the portaits, or try out the crazy abstracts, which I love?

I have a painting class that starts next week.  Wish me luck!  I’m hoping it will help me a bit.

Hey, if anyone out there wants to sit still for a few hours so that I can try to draw you, let me know.  No, you’re not allowed to fall asleep!  I also don’t want to draw someone with a “zoned-out/tv-coma” face.  Not a good look.

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The guy on top reminds me of a Messerschmidt bust. I love it. Definitely enter.
http://www.belvedere.at/jart/prj3/belvedere/main.jart?rel=en&content-id=1169655781754&reserve-mode=active

Good question though about what you should be persuing…the process you like or the product you like.

Comment by Caitlin

Oh, I’ve never heard of Messerschmidt. Creepy stuff! Yeah, this guy was kind of a character. I framed the drawing today and I’ll drop it off on Sunday. Wish me luck!!!

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