Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Face and Wing:
Cebah found this red bat in the maple tree in our yard back in the early 80s (this drawing isn't dated, but I think it's 81).
The face and wing are on a single sketchbook page. I think I drew it just because I was enchanted with how it looked, but what I learned by looking closely turned out to be useful. From this drawing forward, I understood how bats look, how the bones of their hands (front feet?) extend out to make the stretcher for the wing skin - how similar their noses are to the noses of pigs... even something about their personality. I can draw imagined bats and cut corners on their anatomy yet still instill a look of real batness. When I see them flitting around in the twilight, they have a dimension of familiarity, because I've looked very very closely at at least one. Drawing things is a form of visual love.