This is a status update about where my art and jewelry are going. I have been reading quite a bit about how to draw the human body, including how to draw the face. I have also been watching quite a few videos on the same subject.
Getting the major muscles down was the hardest part. I spent many days drawing people and body parts that I found on Google images and in books. Having made a good running start on that, I began practicing drawing simple line and skeleton people in various poses. From each of those I fleshed out the drawing with muscles and padding. My biggest problem was getting the proportions correct. My legs are often too short. However, the more I practice the easier it is becoming. In fact, whereas I had to look at images to draw people originally, I am now practicing drawing from imagination.
In between drawing people in poses, I am learning a chiaroscuro method of drawing the face: focus on drawing shadow and light areas rather than drawing lines. While I began practicing my study of human form using pencil, I am using Conte pastel pencils for the chiaroscuro faces. I must admit that I find this more difficult than pencil because I am not as familiar with it. But I am pushing on, hoping it will become easier with practice.
Probably in another week or so I will repeat this entire process of learning, but on the subject of how to draw animals. I guess the question is why the recent expenditure of time on drawing humans and animals. It’s because I want to draw scenes from my imagination: things like women in fancy garb faced with fantastical creatures, or strange part human, part animal people. It sounds like fantasy, but I’m concentrating on the surreal aspect of it. I even came up with the idea for my first painting using my new skills. It’s a secret, but I will probably have a finished piece on this blog before the end of the year.