Okay, so far I've learned 2 things from Jane's class. The first thing I've learned is that I don't like sketching with charcoal. I've found that while you can erase, you can't erase everything completely away, which is great to obtain lots of layers, but if you want to get rid of something completely (a major mistake) you really can't, even with a kneaded eraser. But I really like the look of charcoal sketchings, so I'm thinking I might start out with light pencil sketching and then finishing up in the charcoal.
And the next thing I've learned is that I'm not that crazy about trying to draw real. I'm not that skilled of an artist, and even if I was, I don't really have the desire for it. I've always been attracted to art that's more on the whimsy side--you know-- not real---like a fun movie, or a fantasy book, or a dream. So no matter how much I try, my faces keep coming back to what appeals to me.
This sketch took me a couple of hours to do, and in the end, I pretty much ended up going into my own style of sketching, because this is what I enjoy, and I guess that's why art is so diverse. What makes us happy is what comes out in our art, it can be anything that you want it to be, and it's ALWAYS right because it's authentic.
So this next sketch took me about 15 minutes that I did in my little black book, and it's my favorite--
No measurements--not perfect features, but she makes me happy! : )
I'm never going to stop practicing--I'm always drawing faces, but I want to move on in Jane's class to learn her face-painting technique and mostly the collage element of her pieces (she's such a sharing lady!) I have so little time right now, so I'm squeezing in her class off and on when I can.
And on to another subject. Now that the weather has warmed up, or at least trying to, I've started walking again (when my hip allows me--for some reason I've been having problems). Well anyway, up until a few months ago, I've used my trusty CD Walkman--I know--time to get into the 21st century, so I bought myself a Nano--I feel so old. My son's trying to show me all of the options and features--he was trying to explain to me about a Genius list--silly boy. I could hardly figure out how to get to my downloaded music--that was a task in itself--just doing the downloading. It's amazing what this little 2 inch piece of technology can do.