Today was the last day of class and there was major work to be done. I missed work today and came in early to work on my drawing.Even knowing that I really needed to get to eyes and a mouth I had to work on my nose more, I just couldn’t resist. So I worked more on the area under my nostrils, trying to define them more before I moved on to the area between my nose and mouth. I was moving down because I knew doing my mouth would be easier than trying to do my eyes and I didn’t want to attempt them yet.
So I began working on the area under my nose, my first real venture outside of my nose in all the time we’ve been working on these drawings. I measured the distances and the angles and tried to create the right shapes and get the values right in comparison to each other but something was just off.
But from farther away that area looked more normal so I tried to figure out why that was. My guess is just perspective and that I sit really close to the drawing, but I also realized the lines don’t look quite as harsh from so far away and that I needed to blend and soften them more. Then finally I got to my lips and I didn’t know how light or dark to make them because they’re red, but I just played around with it and was satisfied. The part I worked on the most on the lips was the left corner where it is darker. That was a hard area to do and I ended up working on the areas around it just to finish that. The other side of the lip is unfinished unfinished because I didn’t get to and I was rushing just to try and get the page white to look sort of like cheeks.
I did work on the tones of the skin in my cheeks and on my nose which is something I haven’t mentioned. Most of it was just trying to erase as much as possible, but I tried to make it look like my skin as well. The right side does not look as nice as the left because I did not have the time to go and even it out like it should be. Overall the right side is much more unfinished than the left. It was hard to do the left because of my position and things just didn’t com out as nicely. My nose and mouth ended up sort of tilted and out alignment, but it’s too late now. I ended up spending roughly 16 hours on this piece all together. Overall I happy with this piece, even in it’s half finished state I’m proud of it.
At the critique we lined up all of the drawings as evenly as possible to have a nice presentation of the pieces. All of them looked really good and it was really nice to see them all next to each other and able to compare how different and beautiful they are. I like them all and out of all of them I think Celeste’s looks most like her. I love critique when we do it this way. I think the drawings were definitely my favorite assignments in this class because I enjoyed doing them and because I enjoy the discussion that takes place during the critique. I have really enjoyed this class so much and because of it I am seriously considering taking another art class which has never been part of my plan here at Agnes. Thank you so much Nell for the wonderful lessons and a great experience.