I was really unsure about whether to post this.
I was on a plane last week, and to pass the time I decided to do a little drawing practice.
I know that ideally you would draw from observation, but the back of the chair in front wasn’t all that interesting.
Instead, I decided to sketch the model from this perfume ad in the back of the airline magazine:
Glossy magazine photos aren’t the best if you’re looking to get accurate insight into the form of the human face or body – Photoshop editing doesn’t really lend itself to that. But since there wasn’t much else that I could comfortably use, we went with this pretty lady.
Now, I’m not the best at drawing. I tend to smudge as I go with my left hand, and I get a little bored of it after a while. But I know that I can produce better than this.
I was relatively happy with it as I was doing it. But when I lifted it up at the end, I realsied that the table tray I’d been resting on had completely skewed my perspective. The result is a slightly mangled fish eye effect.
Like I said above, I wasn’t going to post this. But when I thought about it, the whole point of starting this blog was to have a place to record my progress, and my mistakes. That way I (and anyone else) can learn from them.
The plane journey was to Granada in Spain to go and see my family. I’ve got a painting I’ve been working on out there and I was really excited to get stuck in and update you on here. It’s a Chico Montilla inspired painting of the Alhambra Palace. Unfortunately, over my brief stay I got heat stroke (heights of 47°C!) which knocked me out for half the time.
Next time I’m out there hopefully I’ll have made so much progress that I can totally transform it.
I have a few other things I’ve been working on to update you on, so they’ll be coming soon too.
Hope you’re all enjoying your Monday!