Monday, July 25, 2011


I'm taking some time out from the Textile Art course, and in the meantime am keen to develop some of my skills. Drawing is one.

When I think about the topics that interest me, people are right at the top of the list. I've been thinking a lot about masks lately. Yesterday I went back to the basics. I looked up the proportions and placement of features of a face. I copied out the relevant lesson and did a rough generic face in my book. And then, I had to test the theory. So I found a photo I've taken of E's face. It's not quite straight on, but hopefully good enough for the exercise. I printed it out in greyscale and covered it with a piece of tracing paper--well baking paper actually. It was raining and I didn't want to venture out to the studio. A quick tracing gave me the details I needed. I drew the face shape, transfered the placement of eyes, nose and mouth from the photo. It didn't look much like E by then, but it did look like a regular face and the proportions were right. So I've reinforced my learning a bit. This morning I've had a go at sketching from the photo. Well, that's more of a challenge. Again, it doesn't look like the real thing, but I'm learning as I go.

Meanwhile I've enrolled in a class at the Incinerator Arts Complex. It's an Introduction to Painting and Drawing and as a  bonus the materials are included. Of course I'm keen to buy more stuff! but I feel rather lost with all the different options available out there. I'm hoping that the opportunity to use materials in class and get a feel for what they do will make it easier to make good choices for myself.

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