Breaking down the face03.13.2011
Drawing class is making me look at things so differently. Especially people. WeÂve recently been working on portraits, so in class weÂve been examining the face in a way that IÂve never examined it before. Basically, weÂre breaking everything down into intersecting planes. And weÂve had to physically draw these planes into our drawings, so it could be seen how one feature moves into another. ItÂs honestly pretty difficult.
And since itÂs hard, weÂve spent a ton of time on it. Our whole class today was essentially devoted to learning how to draw a personÂs nose. ItÂs harder than one would thing. Our teacher gave us a schematic for it: the nose has approximately 4 planes: the top, bottom, and two sides. We have to break it down into box form before actually drawing the ÂrealÂ nose. The schematic is hard enough, but then, peopleÂs noses vary! So achieving likeness to the actual person seems almost impossible at this point. Obviously all of us want our portraits to actually look like the person weÂre drawing rather than generic male or female figures. But our teacher has told us to embrace the process, and that if we do, she promises we will achieve this likeness.
Our homework was to partner up and draw the other person. My friend Lauren and I paired up, since itÂd be easy for us to access each other on the weekend. I didnÂt know modeling would be so difficult. Sitting still for long periods of time doesnÂt go well with me. I kept humming or singing, or making faces, which was not conducive to Lauren drawing me. My bangs were also not conducive to Lauren correctly drawing my forehead. So, I had to push them back with a headband, and I looked crazy. But thatÂs okay. It was fun.
I suppose itÂs all in the name of art.