In between other jobs this week I have set aside half an hour a day to continue the portrait sketches. Tuesday: A few more doodles of faces. I tried to make these more “real” than the constructed heads of Monday, looking for a bit more variation and character in them.
Pen and ink, A4 sketchbook.
There are always one or two which seem to have the potential for life and some appeal more than others. Two I liked from Tuesday.
Wednesday: A few more real people.. well almost real.. again pen and ink
and two I like.
Thursday After three days of rather random sketching I needed a bit of focus and I remembered a couple of ideas for prints/paintings. The ideas came from a couple of walks, for which I needed a figure and a head.
Loosely based on Chris. None of them really look like him as all I need is a head and his is the nearest.:) __________________________________________________________
Friday A few more sketches to explore some ideas.
I might use a profile or a figure. I think to try a profile in lino would be quite a challenge.
Hmmm… I know I will have to simplify the image and thicken the lines. It’s going to be interesting.
My lino cutting is still a bit rough and ready and I can see Chris turning into an aging Bash St Kid.
Actually, that is perhaps not too far from the truth.
The artists group on Twitter are running with the theme #portraitnovember this month. Although portraits are not really my passion and it is a long time since I drew any people, I feel that drawing anything is good practice.
So I am going to try to some “portrait” sketching each day. It might well come in handy for some prints and who knows where it might go. I have also asked my Easton painters if they would like to join me, I hope they will!
So to start with, a page of little thumbnail sketches. They are just constructions of basic head shapes for a bit of practice.
Oh… I am rusty.
Then a few pen and ink sketches again from constructed head shapes.
First faces : pen and ink and pencil. A4 sketchbook
After so long away from drawing faces I am just glad they look human.
But something odd happens when you create a face. Suddenly a new character has arrived in your life ..from where? Memories, imagination, wishful thinking? I am not sure.
Then having magicked them up, there is an odd sense of responsibility to, and for, them and a wish to know their story.
Who are you? Where are you from? Where to…. ?