Saturday, 29 December 2012

A photo is not a person

Commission from a photograph. 

Drawing from a photograph is not something that comes easily to me. For me, drawing is about the immediate experience, and a photograph removes that entirely. So, how do you tackle the portrait from a photograph commission? For starters, resist the tracing option. That removes even more life from your work. The key is in the attitude of the artist. Prop it up, and think that that photo in front of you is a real person, who someone else loves very much. 

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Minor Scale

      Charlotte dozing at Grandma's. Pencil, approx 4.5 x 6 cms. 

Yesterday I thought I would have another go at drawing my eldest. She informed me I had 10 minutes before she would be skyping her sister. After she had moved herself to discuss the idiosyncrasies  of life in Peru with Megan, I thought why ever did I make such a ridiculously small drawing? The actual pencil marks here cover an area of 3 x 2.5 cms. It wasn't just an issue of time, and certainly not the size of my paper which was plenty big enough. I did it without thinking. Later I realised that the scale I had worked to; was the size her head appeared, as if I had taken a scale measurement at arms length. In a strange way, I had drawn her life size but only from where I was sitting.