Saturday, March 28, 2009
Sketching indoors and out
Some TV sketches done a while ago (before the migraines got in the way of posting!). Starting with the faces on Mastermind. I like these two together as they show how different the human profile can be. I don't use measurements but I'm sure if I did I'd confirm what I think about those 'how to draw portraits' type of books - that there really is no standard measurements. Eyes are not exactly half way and lips are not always as the same as the distance between the pupils etc. Sarah Simblett's book Anatomy For the Artist - whilst an excellent book - annoys me for having used young, perfectly symmetrical, athletic and toned models - even, in one case, a woman who seems to have breast implants! Where are the books with older, skinny and overweight people? Human beings are so diverse and interesting it has always seemed strange to me that artists (and the media) have an obsession with females of a certain age and size. We should be celebrating it, not torturing ourselves to conform to an 'ideal'.
Two more from Mastermind.
I crammed too much onto this page. From Sky News I drew Andy Gray, former footballer. Next to him I've forgotten the name except it was a double barreled Irish name which I thought seemed odd (more of a British class thing usually). Below them, the man on the right (I liked his top lip!) I've forgotten but on the left is Max Clifford, publicist for Jade Goody. I hadn't realised quite how big his nose is in profile until I drew him!
Top here, a name again forgotten, and below is Harriet Harman, looking very serious in an interview with Andrew Marr (whose show is one I try not to miss and whose face I'm still hoping to catch).
I've discovered a trick to drawing from TV, and that is to do it on Sunday morning when the interviews are much longer! You can easily get a 5-10 minute pose if there is something juicy happening at the time!
I've actually finished this little sketchbook and it's the first time ever that I have filled one! I thought it was appropriate to have Eamonn Holmes and Jacquie Beltrao from Sky News on the last page as they are the two presenters I most enjoy watching in the mornings. I wonder if anyone notices that I rarely draw people face on? Not just because I love profiles but because they are a whole lot easier to do!