With my focus lately on wrapping up the Duckworth revision, I’ve not been posting as many of my drawings, but of course I am still drawing every day. There have been the usual ups and downs: late in October I was doing a lot of work I enjoyed, but more recently I’ve been on a downturn. With writing sliding into the back seat for a few miles, I hope to focus more on drawing through the end of the year. To kick off a little more intensity, I decide to post the best of what I’ve been up to.
I’ve been looking to many sources for inspiration: Downton Abbey, Star Trek, manga, people I see around me, Drawing Tutorials Online (especially the work of June and Alex), and the work of Frank Stockton, Skottie Young and Moebius. There are rendered portraits, original characters in several styles, caracatures….just about anything that struck my fancy. I imagine the ideal would be to be very serious and focused, working through various exercises to gain definite skills and improve where I’m faulty, and I hope that day won’t be far off, but for now, what I want to do is have fun when I draw. And that’s what this work is, the fruit of fun.
It is said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery; I hope so. I’m trying to learn and so I choose the inspiration I like the best.
(Media: markers, pencil and colored pencils)
This practice of drawing from Downton Abbey has gotten addictive. You can see there are some goofs and exaggeration, but I’m drawing with marker without preliminary pencil sketches to guide me–so what you see is what you get. You should still be able to recognize the characters, I hope. It such a pleasure to watch all of these wonderful actors in this high-class soap. Very well written, too.
I’ve decide to re-watch Downton Abbey (is it still ongoing?) and last night, on episode 2, I got out the markers to draw. I’ve drawn from Downton once before–Edith–and probably will again, it is so full of beauty and human interest.
This is at the point in the story where the Crawleys arrive. I didn’t do Matthew justice, but it was fun drawing the varying reactions of the girls–sorry, Sybil, you slid off the page!–and of course, the withering gaze of Carson. The composition is haphazard, sadly, but I need more practice at that sort of thing. My sister has always been a natural at composition while I tend to get lost in the details. Time to shore up the weaknesses. This drawing and the manga from the weekend have been fun ways to practice.
“No thing is beautiful. All things await the sensitive and imaginative mind that may be aroused to pleasurable emotion at sight of them. This is beauty.”–Robert Henri
Reading Henri’s Art Spirit again, a thing I’ve done every now and then over the past 30 years or so, I came upon the above remark, which I find to be a significant truth. Later, Henri goes on to say that it is useless for the student to do endless practice drawings to perfect technique if he cannot find something in the subject that excites him. He’s right–how dull that is! And yet, there are times when I pick a subject by default–I want to draw and there is a person sitting nearby–and so I begin, but in the process of observing and trying to make the drawing, I fall for the subject a bit. The man at the bottom of the page (center) was like that; he was just there and sitting still, so I had a go. I never did get him right, and I feel a little regret about that, even if it’s a nice drawing. Maybe my fondness is what makes the drawing work. I don’t know. It’s interesting to think about.