Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Six life drawings:
These drawings show how different a single face can look, though whether that is because of the face or my drawing I can't say. The one with the hat was done with conte crayons ~ black, white, and sanguine (that's why the eyes are reddish in the drawing, rather than green, as they were in life.) I think the book reading drawing is the most technically accomplished, and the quickest done - the lines are assured, but freely handled. . Reading is one of those rare activities that are still, but engaged. Note the long fingers - they are not exaggerated. The book is James Joyce's "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man". The eyelashes in #2, "the Faun", are pretty impressive - & sultry. I cannot see well enough to do that kind of work now - sigh! If you look closely at the eyes in #1 you can see a little reflected self-portrait. #4, "Ariel" - I think is the most romantic.