Portrait drawing

I fought with this drawing, at first not understanding why I hated it.
I fought with this drawing, at first not understanding why I hated it.
I realized I needed to get closer to my subject
I realized I needed to get closer to my subject
The drawing is still in progress, but I know I am heading where I want to!
The drawing is still in progress, but I know I am heading where I want to!

(La version française suit)
I started my portrait drawing this Monday morning. The first essay did not go well at all. I fought with the drawing for quite a few hours, trying to change the background, the dress, the face, until Tuesday night, I gave up. At first I did not understand what was wrong with it, what I didn’t like. But I knew this was not how I wanted the drawings and future paintings to look like. I was really getting annoyed.

After pondering, I realized that my mistake was the “zooming”. I was too far from my subject, I needed to get closer, to find that proximity, where you know that she is looking at you, and only you.

So Wednesday I started another drawing, closer to my subject. I changed the pose too, just because I couldn’t stand spending some more time on that same reference picture. And voilà. I feel so much better now, like I can breath again. I am not yet finished with this drawing, but at least things are going where I want them to go . So I guess that overall, it was a good week!


J’ai commencé mes études portraits ce lundi matin. Le premier essai se passa plutôt mal. Je me suis battue avec ce dessin pendant plusieurs heures, essayant de changer la texture du fond, la robe, le visage, jusqu’à ce que mardi soir j’abandonne. J’en avais assez. Je ne comprenais pas ce qui clochais dans mon dessin, je savais que je ne l’aimais pas du tout, mais pourquoi?

Finalement, après de longues réflexions, j’ai eu un eureka! Le problème était que j’étais trop éloignée de mon sujet, je devais me rapprocher afin de retrouver cette proximité, ce regard où je sais qu’elle me regarde moi et personne d’autre.

Donc mercredi matin, j’ai commencé un nouveau dessin portrait, plus près de mon sujet. J’ai changé la pose aussi, juste parce que je n’en pouvais plus de travailler sur cette même référence. Et alors, voilà. Je me sens beaucoup mieux maintenant. Je n’ai pas encore terminé ce dessin, mais au moins je sais où je m’en vais et c’est dans la bonne direction. J’imagine donc, somme toute, que ce fût une bonne semaine!

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