Drawing people like I draw animals – UN Plaza San Francisco

My new drawing project is to sketch people in the way I sketch animals. When I sketch people I get stuck on their faces. When I draw figures the faces come out weak and in another style of drawing from the rest of the sketch. Why is that I wonder? I guess it is because animals are just shapes to me. When I see a face I recognize it as a more familiar intimate object.

The cardboard shapes integrated with the moving figures added some abstraction to the drawings which created a more interesting drawing.

While I struggle in the studio combining figurative hands and feet with an abstract painting, I’ll blog about some of my drawings. As always, click on image to enlarge.

Any suggestions to help me get away from the face hang up I have?

Painting in the Bathtub – Avignon

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Here we are back in Europe, at Hotel La Mirande in Avignon, France. I was standing in the bathtub when I painted this little guy.  Using a pen, a soft pencil and watercolor, I painted the sunrise in my moleskine sketchbook. With the point of an exacto knife I picked up the color  where I wanted some flecks of white to show. The painting needed the contrast of something brighter. It’s interesting to me that the grey wall outside the window looks like a watercolor.