late butterfly, probably a peacock drifts over the garden. It's a strange
combination today; gloomy and showery but warm. The forecast for the day
is for 'sunny intervals'. That covers a lot.
This is good weather for me because I mustn't be tempted to go out and
draw: I need to write today.
Here's an excuse to draw, or at least to doodle: from New York,
Danny Gregory sends me a link to a sketch he's
started in an online drawing program (it's in it's beta version,
or I'd give you it's URL).
Danny (who was about to do a radio interview when he wrote) drew
the cup. I added the sketchbook, which was on the desk beside me,
and mailed it back to him. I drew using my Wacom graphics pad. As
you can see, I find it more difficult to control the line that I
do when I'm using a coventional pen.
This afternoon I've just re-charged the digital camera and I'm
heading for the kettle when I decide that I'll take a clever self-portrait
using the mirror by the back door while the tea brews. This doesn't
work - the flash is reflected straight back at the camera - so I
hold it at arm's length and click the shutter: I look like an old
grey rabbit caught in the car headlights.
In photographs I always look tired, grey and goggle eyed. The photograph
itself is TOO horrible for publication so here's an artist's impression
of what I looked like on the camera's LCD screen. Again I used the
graphics pad to draw it. There is a fascination in using the drawing
pad, but I'm unlikely to abandon my pen.
I send this to a friend in whose judgement I trust and she reassures
me I don't look like a rabbit at all: 'What a funny and also sad
picture. Hope you will never look like that.'
That's what friends are for.
My Right Side
Here's a more serious attempt at a portrait which was drawn on
the 10th July this year as one of the excercises in Betty
Edward's Drawing with the Right Side of the Brain.
Students are asked to briefly write what they think of their portrait
on the back of the sheet. The idea is to compare their efforts with
a second portrait drawn at the end of the course.
Here's what I wrote:
I felt I looked tired and heavy around the eyes but tried to
draw what I could see. I was aware that when I looked from eye
to eye my eyes moved so the two eyes don't quite match in the
direction they're looking. Despite my frowning I think it looks
as if I'm concentrating on drawing, rather than looking angry.
I never finished the Right Side drawing course. I got
as far as the blind contour drawing, which requires 20 or 30 minutes
of uninterupted concentration, which I couldn't find for myself
just then, and never got any further. But I intend to go back and
pick up the course at the point I left off, when things settle down
. . .
Spiral Stair #2
I go back to the project I started yesterday in my 3D landscapes
program Vue 3. My idea is to have a contrast between moonlight
outdoors and some dramatic lighting indoors. In Vue it's
easy to insert lights: I put a spotlight at the bottom of the stairs,
another around the corner at the top and a point source of light
in the first window, to look like a candle in an alcove.
Drawing on the Right Side of the
Richard Bell, firstname.lastname@example.org