Saturday morning faces

January 29, 2011
So last night my daughter was sitting there being her beautiful self and she agreed to let me draw her. We were both tired. 
I got frustrated. I know I shouldn’t – it’s just learning process and I know I have a long way to go. I should go and reread the first chapter of my own book eh? “Don’t compare yourself… permission to be imperfect … time to learn… ” yada yada yada.

Left: last night, from life.      Right: this morning, from a photo.
So I know I’m going to get there eventually but I wanted to make on good drawing NOW. Well – bedtime and then draw in the morning. She let me take a picture. I photoshopped it to up the contrast and turned it black and white. Then I traced the back of the picture a bit, placed it on the paper and traced the outlines again to transfer the pencil to the paper. If I wasn’t doing it in my sketchbook I would have just used a light table. Yes I consider all these things crutches. Cheating – sort of. I want to be able to draw what I’m seeing without them. But for this morning – who cares? I got the outlines in the right place and filled in the shadows from there. I gotta say. It’s satisfying to see the results.
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  • Reply
    Sherise Marie Wright
    March 28, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    AWESOME! I want you to know that as a quilter I love sketching new ideas for my quilts. Your work is awesome and keep going!

    Happy Quilting!
    Chicago, Illinois

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    January 30, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    I think your work is brilliant. Thanks for putting up the images you aren't satisfied with — not just the "good" stuff. You truly are an authentic artist.

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    Judy Warner
    January 30, 2011 at 11:50 am

    I think you are well on your way. Just remember to give yourself permission to play!

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    Diana Louie, The Village Fabric Shoppe
    January 29, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    When I was teaching Junior High Level Art we often used Photographs as reference for faces, and I allowed tracing in the way you described for "correcting and adjusting proportions" I don't think you cheated at all. Many great realist painters used photographs extensively, there is an exhibit up now on Norman Rockwell and the photos he took for refernce, I think it is at his museum. ( some of the subjects of his paintings actually work there- much older now of course )

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    January 29, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Not hard on myself toooo much.

    Mostly I'm having a lot of fun with this.

    But I REALLY want to, at some point, be able to just look at something and draw it – no in-between steps. I WILL get there. It's only one month into this year.

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    January 29, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    Both pictures are beautiful!!!! The act of tracing the outline of the image is teaching your mind/hand connection a few things. I learn by feel, and this sort of "cheating" helps me a lot. Don't be so hard on yourself!

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    Janet Ghio
    January 29, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    I think it is so much easier to draw from a photo than from real life–I don't know if it is cheating or not? Who makes those rules?–is it like the quilt police? LOL

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