Ten minute portrait studies with black paint splodges from bubble wrap. I used watercolour and black ink pens for the portraits. We did some minoprint a few weeks back but I found gluing down bits of paper then drawing over the top difficult so tried this instead. It also makes you consider where to paint the face!
We were using found items to add interest. My favourite is the pot of brushes obscuring the face of one of the sitters.
Today’s sketch portraits, I used cut up mono prints that I had made for the print workshop earlier in the week. I glued bits down then added black calligraphy pen and fine liner, then graphite from a graphite stick. I had to unstick one bit of paper and redo it because it was wrong and overlapped bits of the drawing. …
Reflection of two ducks, turned through 90°. Somehow it became an otter or a beaver? Eyes, nose, mouth, pale fur. Maybe even some ears? Above it I can see some sort of dark eyed creature. Two large eyes and a pale button nose? Arms stretching out to either side of the picture. Ready to pounce on the otter head?
So many questions, imagination can be surprising, finding odd creatures in pattern, Pareidolia….
Digital faces, played with in the Layout app. I think this is a couple of years old. I think I did the original drawing in ArtRage oils. To me this feels ancient and modern. I’m thinking of iconic mediaeval paintings. Also with the faces without eyes I somehow think of Heironymous Bosch? Weird images. The columns also make me think about columns of figures in stained glass windows. Each face is the same image, imagined and representing a female face. I did not try to interpret it or give an explanation when I made this image. Perhaps I needed a couple of years to think about it!
Quick sketches with ink, soft pastels and ink splatter… I liked the poses people did. Its good that people enjoy sitting as well as drawing. On one I tried using ink splatter, I don’t know why? Experiment!
Having fun sketching my cohort on the college course I’m doing. Learning to draw even faster. Most of these are five minute sketches using a graphite stick. I had fun!
The door is a mouth, the eyes could be the windows or the lamps on either side of the door… The cross above the door could be a nose. Pareidolia, the phenomenon of seeing faces, figures or animals in other images, be it a building or a mark on a pavement…
For instance I can see the shape of a lion or a cat profile here in this spilt liquid on the pavement….
I really enjoy the chance to draw people so tonight’s lockdown drawings were fun. I’m trying out using permanent markers to give the faces a bit more definition. Maybe I can use watercolour next week? I did a pose too, I might try and draw myself as it’s been recorded. Not today though. A lot to catch up on…
A group of us are holding video drawing meetings where we draw each other. Tonight was the first one. Remind me to use pencils next time, the pens I used were a bit harsh…
When you draw a face there are lots of tools to help. One I think of is using the width of the person’s eyes. It is not always right but it gives you an idea… All this is approximate…
One eye width between the eyes..
Two eye width for length of nose
Two eye widths for width of mouth
Three eye widths centre of eye to corner of mouth.
And one eye width from bottom of mouth to chin….
One eye width for bottom of nose.
Also if you draw a line down from the centre of the pupil it should hit the corner of the mouth.
Remember, this is just approximate. It depends on the face you are drawing, not measurements. Everyone is different! Also if you look closely faces are lopsided. One side of a face is often bigger than the other!