Friday, September 26, 2008
Draw what you see
I took six oil painting lessons a couple of years ago and the one thing the instructor drilled into us all was 'draw what you see'.
All well and good if you're drawing landscapes or (proper!) portraits but when you specialise in giraffe-necked, bobble-headed, giant-eyed flirts, it's not so easy to find an appropriate model to sit for you.
So I either make something up completely or wind up using several images as inspiration.
Here's the mix I used as reference/inspiration for this piece (still untitled, finally finished and about to go in the Across the Universe and Back Again exhibition)
1. Zooey Deschanel - I adored the pose and the side pony.
2. Flowers - loved these colours.
Sure, there are better pictures of Zooey Decshanel and prettier pictures of flowers, but as I'm not drawing them line for line, I just need to find something that sets of that little spark of inspiration and this time, these were the ones that did it.
On the other hand, the make-it-up-completely option frequently works just as well. I created this little sweetheart last night about 3am (insomnia is great for art!).
She's worked out pretty well - I'm just a little unsure about the lips. She may be a bit too pouty for my liking. I haven't decided yet if it makes her look too pretentious!