My drawing and painting life
Drawing faces isn’t easy. I took a class one day, Faces 101, by Carla Sonheim. She took us through several interesting exercises, showing different techniques to produce a face. All in all, she made it fun and easy to produce so many faces in a week.
It was great. We were doing classic exercises like contour drawing. But also exercises that were particular for Carla (or so it seems). One of my favorites is drawing with an eyedropper. It makes for the most awkward mistakes in many of the drawings, and then suddenly, there’s a wonderful drawing.
I repeat those assignments often. There are many ways to do that. One is to draw from photos out of magazines. Another way is to draw people sitting in a coffee shop or restaurant. For quick sketches I might try a shopping mall or a the train station.
And sometimes I draw when I am waiting at the hairdresser’s! A cool way to make use of ‘lost time’, isn’t it? There are always books with photos of men, women and children in it. The hairdo’s are a bit too much sometimes, but the pictures are well done, you get nicely lit faces and a good chance to try working on line and shading.
It’s a cool method of drawing practice too because these books have children’s faces. I can’t show those drawings actually, because most of them will be protected by copyright and portrait rights and I haven’t worked out whether this use of them would be considered a breach or not. (The picture above, first in this post, was made after a royalty free image, online.)
And this weekend I am going to share these methods during my first ever drawing workshop – tada! The idea is to share what I’ve learned. It’s exciting and also a bit daunting. I know it’s a friendly occasion, with many an old friend there. So I think it will be great fun!
PS I owe a lot to the online workshops from Carla Sonheim. So I’ll add a link to Carla’s blog here : http://carlasonheim.wordpress.com
PPS In fact Carla ran the Faces 101 Class this week. Check its description if you like: http://www.carlasonheim.com/faces-101-2/
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