In the windowsill

January 28, 2013

in the windowsill - drifter and the gypsy blog

This past week was spent drawing. Drawing for what? Drawing for my drawing class. We’re into week four at my 2nd quarter at SCAD and this was our 3rd project. The assignment was to create a charcoal drawing showing atmospheric perspective. We learned about the technique of reductive drawing (covering the entire paper with charcoal, then erasing out the highlights) and we had to render our composition in a similar manner.

in the windowsill - drifter and the gypsy blog

I chose to draw this picture Emma took of me because I love the mood and it’s pretty cool to see your photos come to life (even though technically it’s not my photo, but still).

This was my first time drawing the human form and woweeee it ain’t easy, folks! Coming from drawing still lifes of fruit and vases and other spherical objects, I can still picture myself saying, “Well my face isn’t showing, so how hard can it be?” Answer: Hard, very hard.

I cannot tell you how many times I felt like drawing mittens over my hands and shoes on my feet so I didn’t have to draw fingers or toes. Then there was that time midway through the drawing I decided I didn’t like the legs and erased them and completely started over… (note to self: leave well enough alone).

Humans are hard to draw. Lesson learned. Moving on…

Here are all the steps, from start to finish!

in the windowsill - drifter and the gypsy blog

Et le final product…

in the windowsill - drifter and the gypsy blog

All trickiness aside, I am very proud of this little piece of artwork I’ve created (am I allowed to say that? Oh right, it’s my blog; I think I’m entitled). I spent so many hours blending and erasing and smudging with my fingers, the skin on my fingertips is raw and sore. BUT. BUT I think this is my favorite drawing I’ve created yet! I am happy, very happy.

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