Thursday, December 14, 2006
Hair raising sketches
Decisions, decisions. To post some sketchy sketches or leave the blog looking neglected? This little dog isn't going to be finished any time soon because his hair is driving me mad! So I've put him aside for a while and decided to take a leaf out of David Malan's book and go through papers and magazines looking for faces to practice sketching every day.
Looking for faces with interesting angles and trying not to overwork them or fuss about getting a true likeness.
One problem that never seems to go away is getting the two eyes to match! If I could just master that I'd never complain again - it seems like a problem one should have as a schoolkid, not an adult. One always looks fine, usually the right, the other has to be worked at.
This is a quick sketch of Nicole Kidman, in the papers for visiting Geneva recently promoting watches. I always think if a woman pushes her hair back with her hands like this, she has spent hours in front of the mirror, perfecting 'the look' (not her, her stylists of course) and is afraid to touch anything lest she spoil the effect. A gesture often seen at premiers and award ceremonies!
Hopefully there will be more drawings soon but as it has become bitterly cold here (although I am a bit of a wimp if the temperature goes below 20C!) and I have a very strong urge to hibernate!