Friday, July 4, 2014

Drawing Share No. 2 Maren

Maren is working fast to get caught up! She just received her book on Tuesday and is already up-to-date with her drawings! Here is her drawing of the vase/profiles:

and here is her upside down drawing of Igor Stravensky by Picasso.

Her upside-down drawing of spiderman

Her thoughts: 

Much harder than I thought they would be!  But I think it was helpful to do it upside down, one line at a time, paying attention to parts and not the whole.  I definitely had the hardest time when I got to parts I recognized well – head, hands, eyes, etc.  So that must have been that battle between the left & right brain.  Very interesting exercise.  Later I found myself looking at objects and thinking of them in terms of shapes instead of as the whole object with all the details.  I realized that when I knew something curved I felt I had to draw it really curved, but in real life perspective it was such a subtle curve, or often even a straight line that only hinted at a curve at either end.  I got lost in each exercise the way she describes – except I think I felt a little more anxiety than she described.  My hands and shoulders would feel kind of tense – but I did lose track of time, and overall enjoyed it.

Drawing Share No. 1 Ruby

Here is my niece Ruby ...

And here is her hand …

A picture of her friend from memory ...

It's neat to think that Ruby is at the age where she is beginning to draw symbolically although both her drawing of herself and her friend have different eyes and mouths. 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Drawing Share No. 1 Maren

My sister Maren in Florida has also decided to join the drawing club! And my seven year old niece Ruby may also join in the fun. Here is Maren's drawing of her hand.

Her self-portrait. She mentioned that she looked a bit sad in it but an artist friend was telling me that it's common for self portraits to look sad unless you are copying a photograph. Because you are so focused on the drawing you are working on you tend to have a serious expression. Personally, I'd be a little freaked out by myself if I was grinning! Creepy!


A drawing from her memory - her daughter Ruby. 


Sunday, June 29, 2014

Drawing Share No. 1 Stallion

I'm pretty excited that my husband decided to join me in this although he is a bit behind. Once he found out it was about the brain, he couldn't help himself. He's having to do this on the weekends so he only just completed drawing share 1 - and only the first two pre-instuction exercises. The person he chose to draw from memory ….


And here he is …

He doesn't want anyone to know that he's doing this so he asked I give him a fake name - I thought he'd enjoy being called Stallion.  (It's a little inside joke ;)

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Drawing Share No. 2 Marianne

Below are my drawings for our second picture share. This is of a vase/face profiles.

My first upside-down drawing. It's of a Pablo Picasso drawing of Igor Stravinsky. I started at the bottom and moved my way down to his face. By the time I got to his face I had a pretty narrow opening. I did find the hands and head pretty hard!

My second upside-down drawing. My two-in-a-half year old son looked at me with new eyes when he saw this one!

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain

I made this site so I can post my drawings for Simcha Fisher's "summer" (it's winter here in Australia!) drawing club. When my boys are napping in the afternoons I'm often tempted to waste my time on the internet and I think it makes me discontent. Doing an activity like drawing seems like a good way to practice living more presently in the moment so I thought that going through this book would be good for me. Also, I thought it would be a nice way to record our life now. I'm hoping I'll be able to draw some nice portraits of my boys when I'm through with this book!  Simcha Fisher seems like an ideal person to experiment drawing with as she likes to laugh - and that's exactly the kind of attitude I'll need to have so I don't take myself too seriously. So, here are my initial pre-instruction drawings .... I was feeling a bit impatient as I drew them.

First, a self portrait done two years ago when I first started reading this book. I didn't get past this initial exercise.

And this was the self portrait I did this time around. I've turned into another person!

 This one is really sad. It is supposed to be my ten week old son from memory but unfortunately, it looks nothing like him! He hasn't really been around that long ...

This is what he actually looks like:

You can find Simcha Fisher and the rest of the clubs drawings here.