Archive: 2009-06 17 - 20 of 20 posts

Walmart

Posted Jun 2009

I was on a long line in the store. Had no paper with me. Had to draw with a marker on little snips of paper:

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Fuzzy!

Posted Jun 2009

And here - another frustration. Great Caricature - everybody thrilled. But my best photo is too fuzzy:

Ahhh, might as well relax. Fuzzy is soft, lovely, dreamy.

"Row, row, row your boat Gently down the stream ~~ Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily Life is but a dream"

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Better Photography

Posted Jun 2009

I've been trying to photograph all my Caricatures at some of my recent events. But it's so frustrating that I still can't see most of them. Sometimes because of lighting, but usually because I don't keep the camera still. And because there's no Zoom on my camera.

This batch for instance. They were taken at a High School Prom. I literally counted 55 Caricatures from the photos that I remembered to take during the 4-hour event. But most of the photographs are useless. Foggy things. Flashy lights. That sort of stuff.

I can't take more time to photograph more carefully because that would interfere with my drawing-zone. So I just point the camera in the general direction, and shoot.

I'll show you what I mean by including 2 of the least-foggy unusable photos near the end of this post and 2 of the wild unusable photos that I like to look at anyway:

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Our Many Faces

Posted Jun 2009

This picture cracked me up. Of course you can't see it in the photo, but while the girl was being drawn, she kept pulling down her upper lip (like a cartoon stereotype of a traditional 'librarian'). It caused her nose to get long and oval. And her picture ended up looking like this - so different from the face she'd see in the mirror. So different from the face she thought was always there.

The Caricature came out so funny because I have to keep moving at an event. I don't really Know the people who sit in front of me. I have to draw whatever happens in the moment that I'm drawing each part. If the nose is pulled long, it gets drawn long.

It amused me because I know that this is just as much the likeness of this lovely girl as the smiling pose in the photo is the likeness of this girl. People might want to close their eyes and think they're only seeing the face that's 'shown' to the world. But it's all really there. Everything we do is really us.

Reminds me of a story I had been told many years ago. It described a young man named Leroy. Apparently, Leroy had held up a liquor store at night. Even though he was so thoughtful during the daytime. He had showered and washed the dishes. Ran an errand for a sick friend. Sent charity to a worthwhile organization. Yet the person in the liquor store who faced the gun - that person knew that Leroy was a criminal. And the person who owned the liquor store - that person knew that Leroy was a thief. Because Leroy was a criminal. Leroy was a thief.

In other words, just because a person does some things that are good, it doesn't mean she's not a thief if she also steals. And if a person looks calmly into the mirror while she's dressing, it doesn't mean that she looks the same way when she gets fidgety. But it's all okay. I like to think that I Face-Reality. That I draw Face-Reality. That I can accept that we all (certainly myself included) look funny. Even when we think we're looking glamorous. Ever see a skull? What we all have inside? Do we not see the shape of a table under a tablecloth? Do we not see the skull under our muscles and makeup?

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