Are you guys having fun guessing my portraits? I am having so much fun drawing them. Who knew?! Not I, said the fly. I’m tempted not to give any hints for this one. In fact, I won’t. Let’s see how you guys do on your own. If you guess, and don’t see your comment appear for several hours, it’s because you guessed correctly. I want everyone to have the fun of guessing, so I hold correct guesses in moderation.
Anyway, I have to tell a story first, because it still makes me smile to think of it. My subject appeared on an episode of Sesame Street when my daughter was so little and never missed a show. She had a long talk with Elmo (who is probably my favorite of all of the muppets) as the guest star of that episode, and although I’d always admired her, something about that conversation between her and Elmo just ramped up the happy for me. It was very tenderly done, as though Elmo were real, and I just loved it. But I digress!
I do most of my artwork fairly late at night. My brother, the artist gave me a great tip over the weekend, which I first put into practice with this drawing. Thanks to his suggestion, when I got the eyes outlined on the page, I felt as though I could already start to see my subject emerge. Once I got her mouth drawn in…I almost can’t describe the feeling I had as I continued.
It was a joy to stare into her smiling face throughout. At one point, it almost felt as if she were my older sister, watching from my sketchpad with amusement as I finished the drawing. I realize that may sound strange, but over a couple of hours, you develop a relationship with the subject, and they can become pretty real if you start to see a likeness early. (Well, and it was getting pretty close to midnight too, and I’m pretty sure that played a role, lol.) The cool thing in this instance is that I really did see the likeness, and it just made me so happy that it was quite hard to sleep afterward! I can only hope to repeat the experience with my next try, so I’m planning to bring out a British actor for you tomorrow. He has a much more vanilla face, and so you guessers will have your work cut out for you with this one!
By the way, I hope this post is an encouragement to everyone out there who *thinks* they can’t draw. I could not draw a simple outline of a bird in September! Believe it or not, it’s the truth. All my life, I thought only people like my sister and brother could draw, because they were born with “the gift”. Well, guess what? They have a lot more miles on their pencils and paintbrushes than the rest of us do, too. I’ve learned in this journey that drawing is like anything else in life: if you really care enough to consistently practice, you can do anything you set your mind to. And I do mean anything. I firmly believe this.
Thanks for visiting, and I hope to see you again tomorrow.