As if my life weren’t busy enough with Friday evening classes with Robert Liberace and the occasional Saturday class with Seth Heverkamp, I am also taking a Sunday drawing class with Artist Jin Chung through the Alexandria Art League.
This last Sunday the model couldn’t make it so Jin brought in two casts. One was of a greek or roman slave boy who was dying and the other was a rough one of Brutus (of the I killed Caesar fame).
I was surprised halfway through the drawing when Jin told me it was a boy and not a girl I was drawing (it does explain the adams apple-sigh). Yes I guess it should have been obvious but I was sitting at an angle to the cast.
Number one I made the mistake of thinking this would be easy, yeah not so much. Yes the ‘model’ doesn’t move but I could not seem to get the facial proportions correct. I redrew the nose, chin and lips several times but as you can see from the picture it’s all off. I dislike my drawing intensely.
I used vine charcoal on Strathmore charcoal paper and it was messy but I have found I rather enjoy charcoal in this class. No idea why since I usually hate charcoal and feel like pigpen using it.
So I have vowed that my cast would not defeat me-I plan on printing the photos out in a grayscale and using those ala Bargue to do my cast drawing. Can you tell I’ve been playing more World of Warcraft than is good for me?