Friday, May 30, 2014
First Quarter Exam?
One happy effect of the 2500 drawings I've done this past year is that I seem to have gotten much faster. Another is that I don't have to think so much because the drawings draw themselves after a point. For example, after I mapped this drawing, I didn't want to stop; so I began spotting in the colors. Before I knew it the thing was finished, and I went on to the next one.
The second drawing was more complex, but it flowed along easily, too. I was working from swipes-- photographs of people in approximately the right positions. I changed the clothing in many cases, and in this second drawing I made up a different head for each of the two adults. When I finished the second drawing, I tried to decide which one I should draw over with pen, and I decided that neither one should be changed. To draw over the watercolor would have been to impose a different visual system. I was worried that the outlines would have created a coloring book effect.
Instead I made a quick pen sketch of my painting of the nursing mother and baby. I liked it for its free feeling and I really liked the way the hands came together in the heart of the piece. But I wanted to try it again to see if I could make it a good piece on its own that wouldn't depend on the color for form.
So I ended up sending all 6 files to the graphic designer. Even if I don't get this job, it was a fantastic process to do all these drawings today! (The originals are around 5 inches high, quite a bit larger than my current sketchbook drawings, which are all done within a 3 5/8 inch high x 5 inch wide page format)