Breaking down the face

03.13.2011

Drawing class is making me look at things so differently. Especially people. WeÂ’ve recently been working on portraits, so in class weÂ’ve been examining the face in a way that IÂ’ve never examined it before. Basically, weÂ’re breaking everything down into intersecting planes. And weÂ’ve had to physically draw these planes into our drawings, so it could be seen how one feature moves into another. ItÂ’s honestly pretty difficult.

And since it’s hard, we’ve spent a ton of time on it. Our whole class today was essentially devoted to learning how to draw a person’s nose. It’s 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 “real” nose. The schematic is hard enough, but then, people’s 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 we’re 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 itÂ’d be easy for us to access each other on the weekend. I didnÂ’t know modeling would be so difficult. Sitting still for long periods of time doesnÂ’t 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 thatÂ’s okay. It was fun.

I suppose itÂ’s all in the name of art.