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).


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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