What to do…. What to do…

So I have had a whole lot going on this week. It’s been more crazy than I could or would even begin to get into here. So I realized last night that I hadn’t done my homework for our bi-weekly art assignment.

This was the image that we were using for inspiration this time:

I really had a hard time with this one. So I had been putting it off and putting it off.

Last night was the “last minute” which is when I usually wind up doing everything anyhow. I figured that I would do something with the charcoal because we are using it in the portrait class and I am not at all comfortable with it. (That’s really an understatement…. I avoid both charcoal and pastels because I don’t like the way that they “feel”. I really try not to touch stuff like that at all). So I could practice with charcoal and get my homework done all in one shot.

This is what I came up with:

It was the only area of the piece that I was drawn to at all. I like the curve on the hand and how the fingers bend back ever so slightly. (A lot of Mucha’s women have this as well.) I made some aesthetic changes to the rodent but other than that tried to stick pretty close to what I could see in the print out that I had.

Much to my amusement when I got to the shop today to hand in my assignment and go over it with the crew… I found out that no one else had done it. I felt much better!

There were varying reasons for this – but mostly it was because no one else really felt inspired by the piece either. Damon said that he would post later about why specifically so I will leave that alone for now.

Hopefully we will have better luck with today’s selection (which to the best of my knowledge has not been made yet).

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Later that very same day!!

Casey sent me his thoughts and an image…. Casey said:

“I found a lot of things fundamentally unsettling about the image to begin with… the guy had a rat or something in his hand behind her back, their position was awkward and seemed dispassionate and unnatural, she was notably smaller than him, etc. so I went with that impression and just had fun with it.”

~ by justteejay on November 6, 2010.

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