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03 June 2007 @ 10:29 am
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Suzanne left last weekend for a two-month research trip in Antwerp, and the house feels more than a little lonely and empty without her. I've been doing my best to fill some of that with my efforts to improve my drawing and, while a stack of newsprint and a box of charcoal is no substitute for my lovely wife, it has been a satisfying way to spend some of my free time. For those who are interested in Suzanne's adventures in Belgium, she just started a blog at http://whereissuzanne.blogspot.com

I spent the bulk of last night working on a self portrait while the new Bjork album (which is so great I can hardly stand it) played over and over. Portraits are tough, and self portraits are even tougher. Most subjects that I've tried to draw have some margin for error and interpretation, but the human face is not one of them. The problem is that everyone knows what a face looks like, and if something is even marginally inaccurate it just looks "wrong", even if the viewer can't immediately say what the problem is. The self portrait introduces even deeper problems, as we all have an idea of what our face looks like that may not be entirely true to life. Try staring at your own nostrils for about half an hour while you try to accurately represent them with a piece of charcoal and you'll see what I mean.

I went to see the new "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie last weekend and, while it was ridiculous and stupid, it was also a lot of fun. I came home feeling like drawing something huge and bombastic, so I found some photos of elephants on the internet and came up with this.

(Anonymous) on June 4th, 2007 07:27 am (UTC)
Who is that stern-looking man? He strongly resembles Alex, but he looks much more severe than the man whose nostrils I love to stare at.