Friday, July 31, 2015

FIRST SKETCHES OF FACES

In these days I have been reading and getting inspired by the truly wonderful book suggested to me by Sian - 'Drawing Projects' by Mick Maslen and Jack Southern. I'm using it as a tool to get into the habit of sketching and as a warm up. Here are some first sketches of faces in my Ipad photo library, based on projects of the book.


DRAWING WITH A PENCIL HELD LOOSELY


These are sketched holding a pencil at different lengths, halfway, at its point or attached at a stick of 30 and 60 centimetres, or a mixture of them as in the bigger drawing on the right. The idea being losing control on the pencil the further away it is held.

SKETCHES WITH TWO/THREE PENCILS
Two pencils, or pencil and biro/fibre pen.
Three pencils and eraser

TACTILE SELF PORTRAITS

This is really a very inspiring exercise and I think I shall repeat it again! With eyes closed, you touch your face with a hand and draw what you feel with your other one.

Using pencils

Using a fibre pen


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

FACES AS MAPS AND MAPS AS FACES


A CHANGE IN DIRECTION: FROM MASKS TO FACES

Time has passed and my personal theme has evolved with it. As I wrote to Sian I made a lot of tentative starts but every time I had a feeling I lacked a real sense if direction. I looked and relooked at images collected and noticed that they were most faces not masks anymore and that my interest had shifted.

I started to think at faces like maps that can be read with their features, wrinkles, expressions, attitudes, and at what they are saying of people's past life, places they are from and personal stories. I also thought at the common experience of seeing faces in landscapes, clouds, spots or in the casual arrangement of objects in space.

Sian really helped me out with her words: "Moving from the theme of masks to one of faces could be seen as moving from the negative to the positive aspects of the human face: masks conceal and disguise whilst faces expose and reveal". I think this is so very true and is exactly in tune with my feelings.

She also mentioned to me a wonderful and very inspiring book with plenty of drawing exercises based on the human face,


'Drawing Projects' by Mick Maslen and Jack Southern ISBN 978-1-907317-25-5


which I bought and am starting to use.

Sian asked me to start a new spider map. This time I just let my thoughts go and follow their way without adding images. Like the first I did on masks also this one is sketched onto a square Evolon sheet of around 90 per 90 cms so I had a lot of space to write.
To create a connection between my old theme of masks and my new one I am posting a double drawing/collage that I have in my sketchbook and that I feel is related to faces:

It is a double spread of a Peruvian mask (on the left) and mixed fabrics and oil pastels (on the right).