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Another from January...


Mar. 14th, 2018 06:22 pm (UTC)
Another thing I like about your January drawings compared to the more recent one is, beside the more graphic style, is what appears to be multiple perspective. In this one, the eyes seem slightly looking in different directions, and their framing in the frames of the glasses is not the same - as though the head is held at a slightly different angle. This hints that the head has moved slightly, and thusly, that an instant of time has passed between my first look at the drawing, and my recognition of these differences. So, you have included a space of time in the January drawings, vs. a particular static instant in the more recent drawing. The multiple viewpoint perspective was a feature of all art until the invention of one point perspective in the early Renaissance. Only in the early 20th century was the idea of multiple perspective brought back into art practice, and "perspective" given less importance. Maybe it is that seeing reality was about perspective, about materialism, while feeling reality was more about multiple perspective and psychology and individual sensation.

A second possible example of space in time is in the mouth. Looking at it one way, the lips are full and closed. Looking again, the lips seem thin and partly opened, showing the teeth. This illusion would be very hard to draw and would probably feel labored, yet in what maybe is accidental, seems miraculously and mysteriously executed. It's hard to tell which perception is pictured. The mouth can't be opened and closed at the same time, so the drawing again depicts separate moments in time, and in mood.

A third thing I like about the older ones is that they both look slightly away. The newer one looks directly at the viewer. Looking away gives me the feeling that you are seeing something, or thinking about something I can't see, so it opens my imagination. The direct gaze... I know exactly what you are looking at; there is no mystery there.

Like your work. Thought provoking.
Mar. 14th, 2018 07:17 pm (UTC)
yes, yes, yes regarding the dual perspective of the mouth. I also enjoy the sizes in the eyes in this one and your other one. I don't have the words to explain like Duccio does but what he points out is how I feel too about both these line drawings.
Mar. 14th, 2018 10:29 pm (UTC)
Wow thanks for all the great information. I know very little about art and just draw for fun. So, you've really given me a lot to think about. Of course everything is accidental for me, I just let the do the drawing.

I can see the lack of movement in the newest sketch, the others seem more fluid. And, I've also allowed the natural asymmetry of my face ( a feature I don't like) to be more evident.

Love your comment very helpful.



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