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Day 12 – Drawing Fifteen Minutes a Day

Einstein-Final

Einstein.  I’m so glad I drew him again.  I like this one much better.  As with the crab drawing, this one is done with the Prismacolor Premiere and Derwent Coloursoft pencils on Strathmore Artagan Coal Black paper.  I have only drawn one other dog in my entire life.  That was the Cocker Spaniel puppy (below) that I drew in Barbara Bassett’s art class when I was fifteen.

puppy-project

I guess drawing on the black paper qualifies as Chiaroscuro, but does that mean black velvet paintings do also?

I erased Einstein’s beautiful eyes three times.  The first time they were too high.  The second time they were too close together.  Then the one on the right was too far left.  I teach drawing and I broke the very rules that I teach about.  Hold up a knitting needle and do some comparison measurements.  I was so confident that I was right the first time.  As I neared completion of the project, something seemed not quite right.  Sure sign that something is definitely NOT right.  The eyes.  Erase, erase, erase.  Moved them down – just drew them again.  Still something was not quite right.  I had to shake my head in disapproval and even shake a finger at me.  Shelley, Shelley, Shelley.  So I got out the knitting needle and measured the distance between the top of the nose and the bottom of the left eye.  That was the same as the distance between the inside edge of the two eyes.  This time I measured and drew accordingly.  Success.

I did reach that place where I wanted to be done.  Perhaps I was getting tired.  Maybe it was a sugar rush from the Chunky candy bar I ate a while ago.

I’m done.  Tomorrow is another day for another drawing.

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