Continuing on my usual journey...
nothing special, just some facial studies of a some grandma, could be anyones..
plus a few scattered surreal doodles along the borders..
Figure drawing, (or as close as i get to it) is always slippery slope. I'm both surprised when i pull of a relatively realistic looking face, but also impatient with it.
Thousands of artists before me have drawn or painted millions of faces, technically far beyond anything i 'll ever pull off, so what's the point? I also get impatient with these kinds of existential sophomoric arguments i have with myself about realism vs. surreal/conceptual/post-modern art.
Yet, my pathetic brain gnaws it to death, like everything else my mind tears apart.
Which is a fancy way of saying... i think too WAY much.
Some might say 'draw' too much too. : )
It IS interesting to see pieces of a single page in photos, like puzzle pieces almost...
....then finally see how they all fit together, isn't it?
Sorta as if .... every single illustration is almost like a story in itself? My mind can't help but make a story of things i draw.
Is that just me, or is it true for you guys too?
Like, i never noticed till just now... how it looks like this older woman is sniffing the purple color coming off this guys nose. Never noticed it even while i was drawing it. Just pure luck.
I probably should have finished the main grandma in the center more. Or painted her. But instead i got 'lost in doodles' along the way... maybe the old lady's she's better off from my quitting her when i did? Someone once said the key to a great drawing is knowing when to quit.
Yeah, 'knowing when to quit'? This from a guy who's always trying to rise past my OWN anal 'rendering for rendering's sake' habit. Focus on 'detail' or realism at the expense of gesture of abstraction... can be a trap. It was for me. Still is. Hell, who wants to be the same artists i was 5 or ten years ago? Trying, (regardless of if the drawing fails or not)...
....just *trying*something new, in of itself...
...that's HAS good thing, right?