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4.27.2011

-I was 50 minutes late today.  It’s one of those days.

-A friend of mine in high school taught me a valuable lesson in perspective:  before he does anything at all unpleasant, boring, difficult, etc.  he will say, ” This is going to last 2 hours.  I can do anything for 2 hours.”   Even though it is this project is difficult I can do anything for a half hour, 2 hours, whatever time.

3:00-3:30

Getting the value around the bottom triangle (nostril) is difficult because of the various shades which are seemingly all the same until proven otherwise.

This complexity is just the thing I was looking for to get me going: this is a problem I am willing to spend time to solve.

An Impromptu Lively Discussion:

Difficulties:

skin tone:  developing own technique

the varying shades in pigment in only a small area is so interesting.  I’d never seen that before.  @Lathasia

Scale:  some included necks and others (me) focused on one aspect of the face.

QUOTES:

@Kelly  ” I have lines…I mean, linear shapes and craters on my face.  how do I get all of that included?”

@Nell ” all there is to it is LOOKING, EXPRESSING & TIME.”

@Bethany “this drawing captures the composition of an idea rather than just a form.”

@Nell “a drawing is made from marks.  viewing a drawing is such a different experience from viewing a snapshot. not better…just different.”

@Nell “you define the physical heirarchy- – what is most prominent on your face?”

@Cee cee  “we’re all beautiful.  I don’t want people to get hung up on what they look like.”

When I stop idealizing and categorizing my face it becomes meaningful…like I get something out of looking at my actual face.  I am totally obsessed with the extreme slant of my left nostril and the dent above my eye because that is what will make this drawing a true “map of my experience.”

If someone were to compare my portrait to the work of other’s in our class it would seem as if I am far behind- a slacker.  What that someone doesn’t know is that I enjoy being the slowest- – I have always enjoyed taking my time, stewing over a problem or situation and slowly chipping away until I hit a point of inspiration…or I stop what I’m doing and realize I’m just not that into it.  My aim is to set my own pace and be o.k. with that.

4:25-4:50

Again, these are intricate shapes and shadowing.  On the cusp of the nostril it is especially complex with getting the shades of like-shapes to be consistent.

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