Okay, I know it’s really weird that the title and the featured image are at odds with each other, BUT KEEP READING. Everything will be explained.
Classes have started, which means it’s back to my erratic posting schedule. I know. I’d like to post three times a week too…
Also, Happy Valentine’s Day/Single Awareness Day/Chocolate Eating Day in advance. I used to scoff at Valentine’s Day and its cheesiness, but ever since I realized exactly how much I spend on baking (and eating), I stock up on those fair-trade-single-origin-specialty-chocolate bars during this time like I’m preparing for the zombie apocalypse. Those things are expensive. I still, however, could do without the pink glitter and hearts.
I am taking a portraiture class this semester, so expect lots of updates from that. I’m so happy that we’re starting from the bones up. And that we have an incredible text. It assumes that the reader (me) has very little knowledge of anatomy and physiology, which is great, because I’m fairly tabula rasa about the human face.
Today, everyone plopped down at an easel and drew a human skull for approximately four hours. To paraphrase Normal Rockwell, “You can never draw enough skulls.” The first two hours were challenging in getting the foreshortening of the skull correct. It’s the kind of pain that you have to push through, because if you don’t get past it, your work will continue to, put bluntly, suck. If it doesn’t hurt, you’re not doing it right.
For the first class, we drew a classmate for 35 and 15 minutes, respectively. There are several things I would like to work on this semester, and hopefully I get to improve! All of the below are pencil.