Holbein WIP 4

3/29/2010 03:26:00 PM Posted In , , Edit This 31 Comments »
Every time I scan my drawings and compare them to the reference drawing, I see things in them that I totally miss when I'm in the process of working on them.  I wonder why that is.  I'm not talking about little differences,  I'm talking huge, glaring, jump-off-the-page differences.  Things like a totally wrong shape for something that's as plain as the nose on your face. ...... yes, I'm talking about the nose on Her face.  However, even in the face of that, I've decided that it's time for me to move on.  Mrs. Butts and I are finished with one another.  She's tired of looking at me, and all I can say to that is, "Ditto, Mrs. Butts, with the unfortunate name". .......  I can be soooo mean.


31 comments:

Roadchick said...

I think it's just a Blogger thing today. I really haven't been able to see pictures anywhere on the site.

I'll be back to look again when they get themselves sorted out.

Maer aka Marilyn Harris-Mills said...

excellent placement of values Nancy!!! Well done!

Quilt Knit said...

Very well done.

Alex said...

I think they are still very similar. The eyes were looking at the different direction but there's definitely nothing wrong with that. As for the nose and face, I could hardly detect any difference there. I'd just it's a job well done and I like it ^^

Patsy Taylor-Craw said...

Nicely done!

Peachtreeart said...

Her face has such expressive character!

Arlene said...

They are so similar, that I would declare this piece a success! I am so impressed with what you have done! Congrats!

Socrates said...

That is a truly awesome result. I think that's where, when you turn your original upside down, you see the glaring differences, like when you put it on the scanner. Because you're finally seeing from a different angle, and it's no longer a nose, it's a... curve, just so, etc
Enjoy your well-deserved holiday.

Janene said...

Great job!

EVA said...

I think your version looks like a much more real person. What amazing eyes! And I love the little detail of the hair peeking out from the top of her hat.

Great job and fascinating way to learn and develop your skill!

freebird said...

I think you did great. It's not an exact copy but you'd be more than super great to pull that off! This is really, really close.

Dan Kent said...

Excellent drawing! And the fact that you are seeing differences, means that your eye is getting keener. No rule against scanning and comparing as you go.

PAMO said...

Yeah!! Another one done!! Amazing! Great job, really! Looking forward to the next. : ))

Sandra said...

OK, you whipped that out! Now you can go on vacation and think about the next challenging project. Enjoy.
Sandra

curiouscrow said...

It's because as you draw you are seeing more and more clearly what you are drawing - you are quite literally learning as you do. It's how we all, all the time, learn and perfect our drawing skills.

When I was at college they used to stress that the best way to learn from this process was to keep correcting as you see the errors - that did help me.

Anyway, great job!

Johanna said...

Look nice!

AutumnLeaves said...

She looks fabulous Nancy. Your last line made me laugh. Goodness knows I needed that this a.m.

travelingsuep said...

I think you've done very well Nancy, and as curiouscrow said you are learning and observing more as you develop your skills. If I can I leave a picture at least a week facing a wall, then when I look at it fresh I can usually see how to change it (although I don't always). This is possibly what is happening with you and the scanner.

Kim said...

Very impressive. Just curious, how big is the sketch that you have created?

donna said...

I think you have done a terrific job. It looks good to me ;-)

Vee said...

I think you did a very good resemblance. Good for you on being able to spot what needs work, it's definitely a learning process.

I don't know if someone mentioned this before, but it's good to step away from your work from time to time, prop it up, and look at it from a distance. You can see things you may not have noticed working too up close and personal to it.

I've been following your blog for a few months now and have to tell you that I admire your hard work, it's really showing how much you've improved.

arlene said...

She is beautiful "Of course".... you are GOOD!!
hugs
arlene f

marancat said...

This is great - a really skillful rendering. Such patience!

ffyrebird.com said...

Wonderful work! I think the differences in your drawing actually made her look less severe, a little less 'homely'.

Hybrid J said...

Well as far as the concern from Down Under, you're doing great with this drawing. Believe I would got nothing right at all, hahaha! :D

Thank you for sharing.

dandelionlady said...

I think you are really improving. She looks really good, very lifelike and balanced.

Ramona Davidson said...

Wonderfully done. Great job.

Krista said...

Nancy, your version looks so much like the reference, it's unreal! You are getting so good at this!

Ann said...

I think you did a terrific job with this! It looks so very much like your reference, even in expression. I suppose the differences you see after you have scanned your drawing is because of the distance the computer puts between you and the drawing. Plus your drawing and the reference are now being viewed on the same vertical plane. Do you work with your drawings flat? Try propping them both up, side by side, and step back to view them. And as someone suggested, even wait a day or two. Or hold them both up to a mirror to compare. But yeah, sometimes I make adjustments to a piece after I see it on the computer because of things I just didn't notice when it was right under my nose :-)

Singings said...

You are so funny! I love reading your posts.

Art is for the Making said...

I'm duly impressed.