Confessions of a researchaholic

October 22, 2018

Accidental van Gogh

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I copied the self-portrait of Gustave Courbet, up-side-down to focus on shading instead of shape. The outcome was hilarious, kind of a blend between Courbet and van Gogh.

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After Gustave Courbet, self-portrait

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Gustave Courbet, self portrait with a pipevan Gogh, self portrait with a pipe but without one year

October 21, 2018

Life drawing a sleeping head

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The subject was stationary enough during sleep, but still changed postures a few times during the session, so that it was even more difficult for me to have the right proportions.

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Life sketching a sleeping head

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Still life with American flag

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This is a pen-holder on my desk. I have not learned how to shade the cylindrical shafts of the (Mickey Mouse) pencils.

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Still life with American flag

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October 19, 2018

Drawing a head resting on a sofa arm in profile view

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I told the subject to behave as usual to avoid unnatural facial expressions or uncomfortable body postures.
Nonstationary objects are much harder to capture for someone who has yet to learn drawing in speed or from memory, but also provide the opportunity to grasp a rare moment of interest.

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Photo of an earlier drawing

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Drawing meeting note

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Avoid the trap of converting weak perspectives into orthographic projection.

Now I can believe what I see instead of only see what I believe, I move on to practice volumes, concurrently with shading, beyond contours, spaces, and relationships.



Practice drawing objects from memory, such as a cup or teapot from different (imaginary) angles.

It is OK for beginners to take time; like all crafts, practices help efficiency.
Later, I can impose time limits to practice prioritization.

October 18, 2018

My first life portrait drawing

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The model was not satisfied with the virtual resemblance and physical stiffness, both I plan to address by improving my sighting skills.

This is the first time I asked someone to pose for me, and probably also the last time; it should be easier for my brain to register moving parts than for other bodies to remain relatively stationary.

October 16, 2018

After John Singer Sargent – Madame X

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This exercise looked simple but turned out to be quite challenging due to the delicate proportions and relationships.
In my first attempt I tried direct sighting but the result was not good. In my second attempt, I placed some background guide structures (visible on both the original and my copy) for help.

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After John Singer Sargent – Madame X.

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October 15, 2018

Practice sighting facial proportion

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This is a simple exercise is profile head proportion, but I found that by slightly varying the relative sizes and positions of facial components, I can create different faces, and they appear plausible as long as the underlying proportions remain so.

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Simple exercise in profile head proportion

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October 14, 2018

After Henri Matisse: two sketches of a nude girl playing a flute

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Copying from a master’s work helps me appreciate their greatness.
For example, this one by Matisse has loose and yet precise circular contours depicting the girl’s body.

After finishing the first draft, I noticed from the photo that the right foot was too forward for balance, so I shifted it back a bit in a revision. See if you can spot the difference (my eraser mark should be visible).

As usual, subtle differences in the face can make huge perceptual differences. My version looks older and sourer than the original one by Matisse.

Sighting relationships in a figure drawing

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I noticed the face bears more resemblance to Wolverine than Allan Poe during sketching but I have yet to learn shading to figure out how to properly deal with it.

The proportions seemed about right during drawing only for me to find out, afterwards, that the lower left leg was too upward and thus looked too short.

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Sighting relationships in a figure drawing

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