Cloudbuilder [Kara Jansson Kovacev] discussion and reference photos
A Face A Day, a set on Flickr.
I diligently neglected my drawing for decades–beginning about the time I graduated high school. Then in the fall of 2010 I took a life drawing class at the local arts center.
I got a lot out of that class. The teacher was good and passionate and demanded excellence. I don’t want to say the class changed my life–it’s more like it was the first step that I had been hesitant to take for many reasons for a very long time. And once I took that first step my life didn’t change–but my leisure time did (as well as many of the hours I might have spent sleeping).
When the class ended and I couldn’t start another for a while, I decided I was going to make time to draw every day. And I did pretty good for the most part–but days would get skipped now and again. Eventually I decided to set a goal and make a project of it–one face a day. Every day. For at least a year. No other restrictions. A smiley face in the fog on the bathroom mirror would count.
These pictures are the fruits of this project. I don’t know if you can see a linear improvement in my work but considering that up until this time I had only ever attempted a handful of likenesses–mostly with such poor results that I didn’t try again for a decade or two. So to me the last several months have been pretty remarkable. If I can get a recognizable likeness I am tickled. If I can draw a face or head with volume, if I can capture the light as it reflects off a solid form, I am giddy with delight. If I can achieve any of these things in a picture that has any degree of visual interest or pleasing qualities, I am… amazed.
On this drawing I knew the nose was too long before I scanned it but I can claim that is a mannered idiosyncrasy. What I didn’t see was the way the highlight down the side of the nose looks like a raised mole tunnel. Aaaaargh!
I went back and softened it on the original. I haven’t decided if I’m going to re-post or not yet.
Arsaytoma / Zoraida discussion and reference photos