Have you ever thought about how much you look like your parents or grandparents? More than just the same color of eyes or hair. But think about how your bone structure is the same and how you age to look more and more like at least one of them (or maybe the milkman). Have you ever seen siblings who did not look alike when young, but after the course of time, looked very similar? I guess muscle and tissue ( and fat) change, but bones pretty much stay the same.
I was drawing myself this afternoon. I thought I had done a fine job, my husband said he could see me, but… …so, I showed him the sketch in a mirror (I drew myself with a mirror, he doesn’t look at me in a mirror) and he thought it looked just like me. Obviously, my face is not symmetrical! Trying to decide what to do with the self portrait, I did a line drawing on top of my sketch. Playing around, I placed the transparent line drawing on top of the art quilt I did of my grandmother and my features matched hers exactly! My daughter said “yeah, but you did the quilt. You may have imposed yourself onto it.” So I scanned the drawing and placed it on the original photo. It still matched!! That was so much fun.
I wonder how far back you could go in seeing your face in your ancestors faces. Would you still see similarities if you went back 400 years? Or even to stone age men? Wouldn’t that be cool to photographs of stone age men?!!
Okay, so I don’t have much of a life.
Wish I had lips.
When I was studying portraiture, we would do blind contour drawings as a warm up exercise. They are drawings where you look only at your subject and concentrate on the features. You don’t pay attention to your hand and what is being placed on the paper, that doesn’t matter. The point is to “see” your subject.
I loved doing those. So today, I warmed up by doing them. These aren’t really representative of the exercise except one of them and that is the one that looks most like me. It is the lowest one on the right. The least fanciful one. I went back on the others and sketched on top. I think they make such fun drawings. Not really caricatures, but close. I like the top one best. It may turn up somehow in another form.
These were done today. For the last couple of days, I have been working on a watercolor. Here is where it stands now. My dilemma is what to do with the white background. Any suggestions?