I’ve been a bit away from the blog lately.. lots of travelling or preparation for travelling (read as: the hassles of getting a visa for visiting Europe) has kept me away from posting.
So, this is a comeback post of sorts. Although not really a ‘travel’-post, it relates to one of my travel dreams, of being able to capture beautiful sights while travelling – be it a historical landmark, a mindblowing scenery or a cute girl.
Being absolutely useless at art, I took up what I think is a considerable challenge and joined an art class. I started with a few landscapes and boats that my teacher Lynn taught – although didn’t bother to upload any pictures. After that, impressed with our efforts (or more likely just to give us some encouragement), Lynn asked us to bring any photo we liked and try to sketch it in class. The result was a sketch of a photo I had taken in a museum sometime back.
A couple of weeks back, I drew this cat:
I had uploaded this photo on facebook and got quiet a few interesting comments regarding it size and how it could be one of those pets who feeds on McDonalds food or the fat cat in Shrek. Nevertheless, I loved how I was able to sketch it in less than an hour and felt pretty good about my efforts.
After a couple more classes on things like shading, texture and figure-drawing, Lynn asked us – what we wanted to draw next. Without a fragment of doubt, I answered – “Portraits!!”. I didn’t realize how tough a challenge this was going to be until last week, when I tried to draw the first portrait Lynn assigned to me. Not only is it so difficult to get it accurate, but the fact that it’s a portrait, it’s much easier for me to find mistakes or dissimilarities from the original in my own work because all our lives, we are trained to look and recognise faces. To find and identify each and every feature, line, wrinkle, hairstyle. Whereas it’s much easier to play around and alter a landscape. Anyway, I’ll stop making the excuses now and show you my (self-proclaimed) brave effort:
In my sketch, the man looks like he has much less sharper features and probably a bit broader jaw/face. But Lynn said it resembled the original to some extent. Although I know she’s saying that so that I don’t feel too bad, I am happy