Monday, March 05, 2007

#96 Draw Something Sweet

I tried drawing my daughter using the upside down technique. Once again I think I drew the head too skinny, but overall definitely an improvement. I used pencil for the first time in ages...and I mean probably a year and a half. I had forgotten how messy they are and my drawing is full of smudges. And I did find myself erasing again...but surely I could learn to control and use that eraser wisely. Ahhh the power of an eraser....to be used for good and not evil.
Ok, after looking at this, I took it back out of the scanner and reshaped her hair. I think that helped alot! Must remember to leave room in these heads for my poor victim's er...model's brain. You know what's funny about these? Each time I forget to flip my book over before I start drawing. So now you have to flip it over to see it right side up! I drew this with the square at the bottom and was going to journal at the top. Duh.

15 comments:

Kunya said...

Amazing, this upside down technique, isn't it? I like your results...after you changed the hair it looks like the photo. Nice work.

caseytoussaint said...

Nice interpretation of 'something swee' - and you've gotten a good likeness.

Lin said...

BEAUTIFUL!!! How well you've captured her!!!!!!! GREAT JOB!

Cathy (Kate) Johnson said...

Lovely save! Isn't it interesting how we can suddenly see what we've done wrong? VERY much improved...

sydney said...

I've done that too. I won't notice a problem with a picture until I post it on my blog. It looks much better. Good job.

SCquiltaddict said...

Lovely job...beautiful subject....going to have to try this out!

Laura said...

Good job on this and sounds like you had fun with these, I just love your sense of humor (re: *victim*!). You mentioned you had a hard time w/ it being overall too long/skinny - maybe next time try lining up elements for better proportion as in notice how in the pic of your daughter (beautiful girl btw!) that the top of her ear lines up with her eyebrow? Even when drawing upside down and you're not trying to draw an ear or an eye, line things up and see if it helps =)

aPugsLife said...

That's funny that you forget to turn your journal around before starting, I bet I would do the same thing 'cause I never thought of that before! :)

pedalpower said...

Thanks for all the comments!

Laura, you're right...I should be paying more attention to how things line up. Who would have thought that her ear would be that big...but when I went back and looked, it is! That's one of those things where my mind thought it knew what it should look like...but it doesn't!

phthaloblu said...

This is a good rendering. And even tho the face is a bit narrow, as you said, the more you do them the better they will become. Try doing it again in 3 months and I'm sure you will see more likeness, even tho it does look like her. Great job! And good twist on the theme.

Izzy said...

Look at the picture you are drawing as a shape, just see her head, her nose, her hair etc... as a bunch of shapes because the left part of your brain is tricking you into seeing things that aren't there, thats why her face is long and narrow, buy seeing the picture as a mass of shapes you are getting you right side of your brain going and not the intellectual half.

pedalpower said...

Thank you Izzy. Sometimes it's so hard to get past that darn left side of the brain! I'm still working on it.

Anonymous said...

A very good effort, i was once told by an art teacher that drawing someone you know is very difficult as you unconciously confuse the drawing with the image in your head and to be honest i believe it as i can seldom draw anyone i know proficiently.
have you tried drawing a grid on your paper lightly and then using a piece of acitate with the same size grid drawn on it placed over the photo you are drawing from, this gives you great reference points and allows you to draw lines and shapes rather than trying to draw specifics like a nose or eye. After all noses eyes etc are just a lot of lines and curves when you think about it. keep on drawing and never give up it will all come together in the end(i'm still waiting for that to happen mind)oh and when you're drawing try and keep a clean scrap of paper under your hand it will help cut down on smudges.

pedalpower said...

Actually, I have tried the grid, and it works very well. I guess I'm just hoping one day to be able to draw people more spontaneously...like I do with other subjects. It's going to take a lot more practice though! Thanks for your encouragement, Anon!

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