"There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion" Francis Bacon 1561-1626

Monday, 4 November 2013

Portrait November

The artists group on Twitter are running with the theme #portraitnovember this month. Although portraits are not really my passion and it is a long time since I drew any people, I feel that drawing anything is good practice. So I am going to try to some “portrait” sketching each day.

It might well come in handy for some prints and who knows where it might go. I have also asked my Easton painters if they would like to join me, I hope they will!

So to start with, a page of little thumbnail sketches. They are just constructions of basic head shapes for a bit of practice. Oh I am rusty.


Then a few pen and ink sketches again from constructed head shapes. 

First faces : pen and ink and pencil. A4 sketchbook

After so long away from drawing faces I am just glad they look human. But something odd happens when you create a face. Suddenly a new character has arrived in your life ..from where? Memories, imagination, wishful thinking? I am not sure. Then having magicked them up, there is an odd sense of responsibility to, and for, them and a wish to know their story.

Who are you? Where are you from? Where to…. ?

1 comment:

Sarah Melling said...

It's been way too long since I visited your blog. I could peruse your sketches all day...they're just exquisite. And these pen and ink portraits are so lovely...it's such a treat to visit here!