Saturday, September 10, 2011

Just a Girl Drawing a Girl, Or, Helen Keller Moments

Two assignments from my art class: Draw a portrait from a photo of my face looking straight ahead; and replicate a handed-out sketch looking at it upside-down. It's amazing how that view scrambles your brain signals and breaks what you see into lines, circles and dots. I'm having Helen Keller "water" moments ...

First, photo and sketch (the fact that you can tell my drawing is of a human face thrills me; that you can see it's a woman sends me over the moon! Baby steps):

Then upside-down exercise, first the printout, second my sketch. Mine's head is ridiculously small, but I think it actually looks kind of cool that way! That's my story and I'm sticking to it -- I meant to do that!

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

My First Art Lesson

Wow, this video calling is crazy. I had my first drawing lesson tonight with my old buddy Leah, now an accomplished artist in New York. After the first few minutes of head-popping nostalgia, we got down to business. I can't believe all she taught me in an hour. Here's my first outline of a face, whose measurements are surprisingly predictable.

Sunday, September 04, 2011

The Artist as a Woman of a Happy Age

I can't recall why, but a few weeks ago I began to sketch. Then I checked out a book from the library on drawing figures. Now, as luck would have it, my good old friend Leah, a fellow ex-pat of the Star-News in Wilmington, NC, who long ago traded her reporter's notebook for a paintbrush, has kindly included me in a beta test of the online art classes she's launching.

As in print, it feels kind of cool when I see my sketches "published," so I thought I would begin posting some in JAGSF. I also hope as time goes on I will be see improvement! A sampling:

Lulu Bet

Mother and baby

Mother and child