with added fountain pen on the last drawing
More pencil, working on the laptop now. Sam went on his way so I did a brush and ink drawing from my study but I'm just not happy with the proportions or the drawing.
For the reclining tone drawing I cheated and used a photo. This is on sugar paper using pastels on their side edge to give a broader stroke, working with blocks of colour and honing down to detail as I progressed. The face is wrong but I was trying not to do a portrait.
This was a quick portrait study in water-soluble crayon but it's rather dull.
I also used Graphitint pencils to draw Sam texting with help from Henry, and Eric the cat.
Also a few studies for the portrait
Pencil, watersoluble crayons or coloured pencil.
For the seated line drawing I used Water-soluble crayons. My Mum read which kept her mind off me drawing her. I should have been bolder with the lines as I drew. When I went back to try and strengthen them I started to loose the shape and the freshness of the drawing.
I looked into art and facial disfigurement. I'm sure I read somewhere about a project to help people come to terms with their bodies by drawing or painting them. Mark Gilbert did a very similar project here which may be what I remembered. With the help of this article by Jonathan Jones I found these paintings by Goya and Domenico_Ghirlandaio of less than perfect faces. As discussed in the exercise where I drew individual features perfect regular faces are dull, disfigurement is character, easier to say as someone with a fairly "normal" face. There's also this portrait of Simon Weston which somehow seems to sanitise him. I'm not sure that is a good thing.
I love drawing people, they change endlessly. The chance that they could move any minute keeps me on my toes and forces me to look for what matters and not fiddle with the details. I don't like hyper real over finished pieces so I tried not to overwork these drawings.
To move forward I need to place my figures in their environment more. I tend to focus on faces because that is what really excites me but a face floating in space tells you less about a person than if you catch them in their natural environment. The environment needs to complement the face or figure not dominate it.
My interest is in found situations, (people, scenes, happenings) so I need work on how I can record this without disturbing the spontaneity of the original scene. I'm not sure how to focus this into Assignment 5 but I want to work further on the figure in the environment.