Wednesday, August 5, 2015

MAPPING A FACE

For my first attempt at 'mapping' a face I chose a wonderful photo of Louise Bourgeois in her very old age, by the famous photographer Alex Van Gelder, but for copyright reasons I'm not uploading it on this blog.

I first drew from it with my left hand and not looking at the page, only at the image. I only looked at the sketch when I was finished. It's a very difficult exercise but really interesting. Also if it was impossible for me to obtain even the vaguest resemblance it was a way of exploring this face in a more intimate way.


FIRST SKETCH IN PENCIL



SECOND SKETCH WITH A FIBRE PEN

In this one I start to see a suggestion of the eyes and the mouth, perhaps also of the ears. I love this exercise, also included in the book Drawing Projects, and I shall repeat it again with real people during my vacations! I am not sure that they will be very happy ....




THIRD SKETCH OF THE SAME FACE

This time again I did not look at the photo while drawing but I used my regular right hand and I felt much more comfortable. I also start to see a real face.





PLEATS AND WRINKLES TRACED


In this case I am trying to find the main lines in the face and moving towards a map. I did not use colour so far because the idea was to look only at patterns.




A MORE ABSTRACT VERSION


Here I recreated the main lines traced on the photo in photocopied paper using a cutter.