I love painting and drawing people’s faces mostly from my imagination. However, I do find that after a while they all start to look the same. When this happens, I have found that my drawing improves if I spend some time drawing faces from magazines and books. I usually do this in the evening while watching TV.
The above drawing is from a picture from the National Geographic which I did this week. It took me two evenings to do as it is about A4 size and lots of detail! I have a ready supply of faces as I buy piles of old magazines from the local Salvation Army charity shop. Then I go through them ripping out images that take my fancy, and put in in big envelopes according to subject.
I am dreadful at putting the date on so often have to rely on memory. The above was from an article about Chinese women grieving about the imprisonment of their children. I do know that this batch of magazines was at least 30 years old! I like the magazines from the SA as they usually are very old (they are the only place locally that will take estate clearances). I find that the old photographs have more tone and depth of field. I suppose they haven’t been Photoshopped!
For Illustration Friday this week the prompt is wings. This is an illustration I completed before Christmas for one of my stories:
Melody called out, "Jeremy Wizard, are you there?"
"Melody, come on up and bring your friends. I promise Harvey, my disreputable winged cat will leave Toby alone." A voice called back
"What a strange wizard," muttered Melody, "Living up a tree? Wizards are meant to live in towers or old castles." She climbed up the ladder and sat on a branch near the Wizard. Gavin wrapped himself around a branch, and Toby settled himself just out of reach of the strangest cat Melody had ever seen.
"Do you know where I come from?" Melody asked straight away.
"A valley far away, there was danger there, and your parents asked me to find a safe place." Jeremy answered.
"Can you do some magic and whisk me there?" Melody demanded.
"I am afraid I cannot do that, I do not think there is any magic that will do that!" Jeremy laughed.
“You aren't much of a Wizard then are you!" Muttered Melody.
I had hoped to have the picture of Melody flying over the Red Mountains with her friends on Amber the Red Dragon’s back. Unfortunately, I haven’t had time to complete it. Never mind another day perhaps.
So my friends, blessings for the coming week and wishing you lots of creative endeavours.