Tuesday, January 20, 2009
I have always loved to draw. It's one of those dreams I tucked away while in pursuit of and living through other life happenings. Early last year I checked out some drawing books from the library by Lee Hammond. I really liked her style, and for the first time in well over ten years I picked up my art pencils and I started to draw. This was my first squirrel. My kids were very impressed, and even I thought to myself, "I can still draw." So I did a few more animals, and then I tried a portrait. I've always wanted to draw portraits, and I had an old photograph of my Grandmother holding my Mother shortly after she was born, which I really loved and thought would lend itself to my medium. I worked on it off and on for about a month, until I was happy with it.
Last month I finished one of my little Apple. I drew it from a photograph I took of her last summer.
I'm practicing, and I can see improvement already. I don't get to draw everyday, but I'm hoping I'll get a little faster at it, because there are many faces I'd like to draw. I don't think I could finish one and be happy with it in less than a week, because even after I'm finished I like to put it up and look at it for a couple days to make sure it doesn't have any areas that still need tweaking. I really do want to practice more though, and I keep seeing random people who I'd like to try to draw. I feel weird walking up to total strangers, and asking if I can take their picture so that I can draw their portrait. Yet the desire within me is almost overwhelming sometimes, until I realize I forgot my camera. Would that freak you out?? Or would you take it as a compliment?? I also wonder if I would offend everyone else present by picking someone out. Ah, my mental debates...
Another problem with random pictures is that you can't always pick the lighting, or in my beginnings I don't always know until I've taken 15 or more pictures, which angle or direction is most complimentary to any given face. I REALLY WANT PRACTICE.
When I draw, I look for the slightest subtleties in shade and angle, and I find myself analysing peoples faces all the time. SO, if you catch me staring at you, I'm just thinking about your face and what it would be like to draw. I'm also finding that I can see beauty in more and more faces.
Hows this for an opening...
"Hi, I was just staring at you, and noticed how beautiful your face is. Would you mind if I took some pictures of you so that I could maybe draw your portrait?"
I need help.