Sunday, February 28, 2010

EDM 260 An Olympci Event



I hesitated to post this. Drawing people is something that scares me - really scares me. This photograph was wonderful, the sense of excitement and dynamic motion was very compelling. It also made my stomach clench and my hands shake so badly I could barely put a line down.

About 8 years ago, the teacher in my Watercolor for Beginners was confidetn we could do portraits. I had a gorgeous photo of my 2 year old nephew. He was adorable with his sparkling eyes and beaming smile. My portrait, however, bore a resemblance more to Stewie Griffin from Family Guy than to my nephew. I was mortified, and a bit traumatised. But I am committed to doing these challenges and it's impossible to draw an Olympic event without drawing people. So I gave it a try, telling myself that I can't ever get better if I don't try. The arms on these fellows are not quite right - they were foreshortened in the photograph. This is actually my third attempt. It took that long to get my hands to stop shaking. And the helmets and goggles helped because I didn't have to come up with a true likeness. One step at a time.

7 comments:

Alex said...

I really like it :) This is one of the new events that's so interesting to watch.

nanke's stuff said...

I like it, too. It's very stylized and captured the balance and motion just right! Keep up the good work. nancy

raena said...

No need for shaking!! Look how good this turned out!

Julie Jordan Scott said...

Brava to you for embracing the challenge EVEN WITH YOUR HANDS SHAKING!! This is the way to progress.

You are an inspiration.

Dan Kent said...

I think it's pretty cool! I think it's a shame you chose your 2-year-old nephew to start with in you people drawings - children are notoriously hard to do. Start again - this time with a wizened old man!

phthaloblu said...

For a first attempt, I think you did great. Foreshortening is very difficult to get the hang of, but you have the right attitude. You can't get better at it, if you don't practice. So, let's see some more! :)

dandelionlady said...

I feel fear when I do my art too. I think it's very courageous of you to create while working through your fear. Yay for you!