Thursday, December 18, 2008
Faces at the Forbidden City
Another page filled in my China sketchbook. I calculate at the rate I'm going, it might be filled in about 10 years or so! I've posted it on my other blog as a work in progress if anyone is interested. But as I said there, I don't have what might be called a technique yet - I tried this just to see if it would work. The photo was taken with a zoom lens and the two faces looked closer together than they actually were. Perhaps I should have just done the man on the right, but I liked the teeth of the other man and how the lines of the back and shoulders almost mirrored each other. Still, you don't know till you try!
I read this, in an article by Hazal Soan the latest edition of Artist's & Illustrators magazine - "When you look at the world you do not notice every detail. You pick out that which interests you and catches your eye. A camera cannot be selective about what it sees but the artist can." It could be used by some to prove why you shouldn't draw from photos, but I think if an artist uses a camera, they are selecting the view anyway - like I did here, knowing I would draw from it later. There were a lot of other things going on in the photo but I selected these two faces and had I time to stop, look and draw I could have taken in a lot more details just like the camera- but I would have still made the same selection. I liked the thought of artists selection though and Soan says "It is this very selection of what really matters to you that makes a painting original".