Sunday, September 30, 2007
EDM 61 and tram sketches
I got some new glasses last week (the pair on the right). More often than not I get new lenses put in my old frames but occassionally I have to get new frames as the old ones start to look dated! The pair on the left would look rather ridiculous on me now but I had these about five or six years ago, I can't remember exactly but the case indicates I must have got them in Scotland or England. I got a 'two pairs for the price of one' deal so I have two of these oversized things! The pair in the middle I know I bought in Kuwait because it was seeing a friend's rimless pair that made me realise how dated mine looked. These are half rimmed and looked OK at the time but now the Nicky Hambleton-Jones look is in, glasses have to make a statement and they are out again! (I'm addicted to her make-over show, 10 Years Younger - it ought to be compulsory viewing for any female unsure of the effects of smoking on their skin!) I was unsure whether to get new frames or just replace the lens but I went to get my eyes tested and the decision was made for me - unlike all my other visits, this time old age has caught up and I need two pairs! My old ones are now my distance glasses and the new ones are for drawing and reading. Well, in for a penny, in for a pound, I choose some quirky Chanel frames! The drawing doesn't show them so well but they are a little more rectangular than they appear and the arms (?) not centrally attached to the front. Unlike Kuwait where I got my eyes tested in the morning and collected the glasses in the afternoon, here it took almost a week! I'm thinking of drawing all the fancy Chanel packaging that came with them too, it did seem like overkill with the bag, the box and a case! Anyway, I realised this qualifies as an EDM challenge so it's no. 61 ' draw a grouping of two or more similar objects'.
I tried to do some drawing every day last week and managed it although not everything is worth posting. I find it hard to inject any personality into sketches of the backs of peoples heads on the tram but looking at the two sketches I can see how size can vary a lot when you compare them to the seats.
I didn't have time to sketch this man's companion but I noticed them as I got on because they were of similar build, wearing similar clothes and both seemed to swatting imaginary flies! There were a couple of interesting subjects I didn't have time to sketch (especially the man with the plaster on his enormous hooked nose!) but it is amazing how much more you notice about people when you're watching them with a mind to drawing.