Humans are difficult to draw. That is why I enjoy the challenge of trying to capture their likeness, but it’s difficult to do a portrait justice if you genuinely don’t warm to the person. This is thankfully rare, but a recent commission of Donald Trump wasn’t the easiest. I don’t know the man and I’m not a citizen of the USA, but I didn’t like doing it one bit. I wonder if this showed in the final illustration?
I do not have this problem with pets! All animals, even the incredibly ugly ones: they all have their own unique charm, and even though I am not even an acquaintance of this greyhound, I believe if anyone (human or animal) can wear only socks and a collar and still look elegant, well, they deserve my upmost respect! And Dachshunds look elegant too, even if they aren’t wearing a stitch!
Too early for Valentine’s day but thought I’d get in early.
This week, here are a few fashion works of women rocking stripes.
Actually, I am not a believer of New Year Resolutions. I don’t see why I should wait 365 days to start doing something for the better, so I don’t write that list every January. Why bother? Why not start a resolution in July?! Or March?! However, with January being associated with giving up all the things you gorged on in December, below are a few illustrations that will be apt for this time of year. These women obviously are lifting more than just cream cakes, and there is nothing like a bit of muscle definition to make a life drawing class interesting. I remember a life drawing class years ago where the teacher lamented how difficult it was to get people who have definition, all our models tended to carry a few pounds. This is interesting to draw in itself but it’s hard to work out the anatomy of the human under loose skin and a bit of flab. Note to all those skinny people out there: life drawing classes will embrace your bony frames!
I am now a proud member of the AOI, the Association of Illustrators. I wear this logo with pride.
I am constantly surprised but how much I enjoy drawing glassware. And I do! Metalware, glassware, there is something about reflections which fascinate me.
When painting or drawing, I have always been attracted to portraits. Oh yes, I really do love illustrating all sorts of things, and go into a bit of a panic if I come across something I haven’t drawn before (ever drawn a bush baby, anyone? Me neither) but human faces are a favourite. As humans, we all rely on complex social interaction and our faces and expressions play a key part of that. I also enjoy portraiture because it’s so incredibly difficult. Get the petal on a tulip wrong and no one is going to notice, even the other tulips. But draw a feature on a face incorrectly and instantly, it isn’t the person you intended. Even with other animals I feel there is more room for error. I’ve painted loads of birds in my lifetime and one of the reasons I enjoy them as a subject is their cold twitchy appearance. I really do sense their faces have a robotic quality. Maybe because it’s hard to smile when you have a beak. However, even with other more expressive animals like dogs and horses (I have drawn oodles of those too!), there still is something not as challenging.
I’ve probably drawn over a thousand faces in my time, and because of the variety of our fantastic species and the ability to express ourselves visually, it’s always guaranteed to be interesting.