For those of you following, this is part two of The Chronicles of Ian Attempting To Learn To Draw Purty (part one is here).
If nothing else, it should be entertaining in a watching-a-train-wreck-can’t-look-away sort of way.
The text I chose to work with for this self-guided journey is Drawing; The Head and the Figure by Jack Hamm. That said, all sketches, attempts at sketches, and oddly disturbing squiggles I have attempted here are the sole fault / responsibility of me, and not Jack Hamm.
You can’t blame an elephant trainer for being unable to teach a saw horse to use a kitty litter tray, so Jack can’t really be considered culpable for my output.
My efforts since last week started with the eyes:
Once I got
bored comfortable drawing eyes, it was time to move onto lips:
Clearly this was an area where I needed a lot of work. Or a smudge function in my graphics editor:
Fresh off this not-quite-a-failure ‘success’, I decided my ego needed a bruising to bring it back down to Earth.
I attempted a face again. The results were, to say the least, humbling. And not in a good way:
I am reminded of the original Star Trek pilot, The Cage, and the woman who was repaired by aliens who’d never seen a human before.
My main take-away lesson this week: the smaller my images are on the screen, the less horrible they look. I will be focusing on making my sketches much, much smaller going forward.
Next week, assuming I don’t feel honor-bound to try to improve the whole-face drawing skills, will be noses and then, possibly, if my noses pass the sniff test, ears.
Come back and see…if you dare.
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