Monday, August 20, 2012


It's my birthday at last! It's been a pretty ordinary day on the whole, and while I'd rather have spent it in the studio - my papers and files from this past week's school administration will not file themselves. After a relaxing weekend, I think I'm excited to be getting some important work done today. I'm one thankful someone today!

To God be the Glory for another day in my life. I'm out!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

A rare chance for life drawing

This morning I had a rare chance to practice some life drawing. I've got a long way to go in trying to capture a likeness from a living, moving person (while he was watching Sesame Street!). Still this is the best sketch from life I've done thus far. The proportions of toddlers and young children are a new fascination for me because I only learned this week about the idea that the child's eye is so low on his head compared to an adult! So there's nothing to do about it than go alllllllll the way back to how I started my art studies in 1995. Yep. You guessed it. Drawing series after series of idealized human heads. Back then I started with Jack Hamm's book Drawing the Head and Figure. But that book was only concerned with adult proportions. Thanks to ye olde library I have been blessed with How to Paint Living Portraits by Roberta Carter Clark. This book contains a good amount of information to inform the practice of drawing children. Since I have so many children in my life, it'd be fun to see how quickly I can learn to capture a likeness and which method ends up working best for me. Joy Thomas' method of moving from general to particular? Sanden's method of economical use of line and deliberate placement? the inverted triangle method? So much to master! As I I seek mastery, to God be the Glory! I'm Out.