Most (if not all) of my quarantine self portraits have used a photo booth (app) photograph as reference for my sketch. Today I flipped the camera to selfie mode to take the reference picture. The resolution was much higher and I could zoom in for a close look at details. One can tell from the […]
This photo brings back fond memories of street fairs in New York City. The gentleman pictured below frequented many of these gatherings. He played the old big band tune, Stardust, on the trumpet and accompanied himself on the piano.
Quarantine has limited my range of subjects to sketch (mostly me). To compensate, I have been sketching photos of myself, taken from different vantage points, to try capturing facial features seen from a variety of angles, through shading and attending to relative proportions. I’m sure I can apply the lessons I learn from these exercises […]
This was before plastic was dangerous to be under.
I was leaning over for this study. I wanted to try drawing my neck (such as it is). However, what commanded my interest more was the half of my face in silhouette and the rim of my glasses that caught the light.
I am looking forward to trying my ‘facial feature proximity’ technique on live subjects instead of my photo, when shelter in place is over. It was a bit counterintuitive, when I noticed that my right nostril was really close to my right eye. It was even closer in the photo. The lesson I take […]
The large sculpture on the right edge of the photo was a recognizable landmark for those of us living in NYC in the 1980s and 90s. It was south of Houston (SoHo), approaching Broadway from the west. Girders appear to be jutting out of the side of a building. I didn’t realize it was actually […]