I'm taking a break from oil-painting classes and slogging my way through a portrait drawing class. I've learned a few things like:
- Portrait drawing is hard. We're so good at facial recognition that a line or feature only has to be a little off to look a lot off. And by little I mean a millimeter or two.
- It's a lot easier to draw from a photograph than it is to draw from real life. It's hard to get someone to sit still for five to ten hours while you measure, sketch ... draw, correct; draw, correct, draw; draw, correct...forever.
Three more classes and I'm done. And, although I'm ready for a break (it's not easy finding ten to twelve hours in a week to do this when you're working fulltime), I think I've learned a little something that will help my drawing gong forward.
Now, if I could just take care of that having to work nuisance.