Friday, 28 November 2008

This Week's Drawing and Painting Class

For a drawing and painting class I don't seem to have done much painting do I? But anyway...

This week we had to draw (or paint) from a photograph. I chose to draw my Mum when she was about 4 years old. It didn't have to be a portrait, but I've been enjoying drawing them, which is strange considering I always said I couldn't draw faces for toffee. This is as far as I got in the class:

As soon as I stopped to look at it I thought "No, no, no! It's all wrong!" Unfortunately I don't have this particular photo on my computer, and our scanner isn't working, so you'll just have to take my word for it! I find drawing at class such an unnatural setting, and drawing at a desk an unnatural position; it took me ages to even get started this week. I am learning from it though.

Anyway, I decided to work on it some more at home, but to be honest I wasn't sure whether to just scrap it and start again. I decided to stick with it, and it's looking much more like my Mum now. I'm not entirely sure if it looks like the photo, but it definitely looks like my Mum!

Of course, once again you'll just have to take my word for it! I think hair will help, but it's going to be tricky; it's a black and white photo and my Mum's dark hair blends into the dark background! I'm really going to have to try to get a scan of the photo. It's a very small photo too - her face measures just 1 inch in width!


jafabrit said...

You have a very delicate touch with the pencil and line (that's a good thing :)

Undaunted said...

Thank you Jafabrit :) I just don't really know how else to draw!

Kathy L said...

Sorry that I fell off the face of the earth. You were right about the nutcracker! I will tell you though, if my children ever make it to the professional dance scene, I will send you front row seats to their performances! Now about that portarait of you Mum. I know absolutely it looks like her and I will tell you why, when I scrolled down to re-look at that drawing of you when you were about your Mum's age, well, the resemblence is amazing. What a wonderful portrait. I think you should finish it and make a present of it!

Undaunted said...

Thank you so much Kathy! And absolutely no apology needed - I'm grateful that you have spent some of your precious little free time commenting on my blog! You must be turning into a bit of a cracked nut yourself! :D

It's funny what you say about the resemblance - I didn't really realise how much we look alike in my family until I started looking at photo's with drawing portraits in mind. The similarities and slight differences in us all has become a bit of a fascination and I think I might end up drawing the whole family!

Hey, I'm going to hold you to that about the tickets! How wonderful would that be?