Monday, February 22, 2010
This is Barak Obama. You know him. You love him or loved him or not at all. He's a good spokesman for the executive branch. He's tallish and lanky. He's got that uptown fade. He's got pants such that when he sits down and crosses his leg you can almost see how long his socks are.
This is Katie Couric. She's a big news lady that I haven't really seen yet. Shame on me, but Tv News is probly fake anyway. Here we see Katie with her chewing tobacco and turtle neck.
Friday, February 12, 2010
Monday, February 8, 2010
The right brain responds directly to that which it sees. Here’s an example of me trying to draw mostly with my right brain.
Line is typically used to draw with the left brain. This may be because the left brain thinks linearly. It plans out a path and takes that path. Just like a trip to the grocery. The left brain uses this line to establish shapes in a sorts, rather than to pick up milk and eggs, hit the ATM first and drop off library books on the way back.
The right brain cannot do this. The right brain doesn’t even choose what to draw, or how to draw it. It doesn't pick out important information. It doesn't prioritize. It only feels the pencil in the hand and responds directly to the visual stimuli before it.
What we see with our eyes is NEVER line. It is always value, darks and lights. Line is the left brain making sense of this. Drawing teachers will tell you to hold the pencil sideways or have you use charcoal and this is why. It helps force you to respond to those values rather than making stuff up.
The objective of pure observational drawing is to strengthen the connection between the hand, the eye, and the object being drawn.
With that in mind, look at this face.
The eye can be recreated fairly easy with line and so can the mouth, at least well enough to impress your grandma or your anime friends, but the nose and the mustache is a different story. This is because what we see when we look at this nose is relationships between soft and hard shadows. There's the dark of the nostril, the light of the ring shape at the end of the nose and everything in between. The outer edge of the nostril aka the nose parenthesis is slightly darker than the rest of the skin. Its lowest point is darker still, then it gets lighter as we head in toward the nostril which is so much a gradient shape that one really can't say where it begins and ends. My point is that the nose serves to prove to us that nothing really is made of line. This is, of course, the case with the eyes and mouth and everything else as well, but the nose makes this especially apparent.
Drawing faces from observation and relying on value is very good and also fun. When it comes time to make up a nose using only line, you will know more precisely what kind of object you are constructing and you will be much more comfortable.
That's my lesson, boys and girls. Thank you for reading and I would love it if you have any critique to offer with my wording or ideas.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
This is based on Mercedes 560 SL that was sitting on the drive for a while. I believe I made it look much more beastly than it is. It's really a very elegant little machine.