Sooo, what you do is.....

Posted Nov 2011

I'll frequently have people ask me - "Sooo, what you do is.... to take one feature and make it real big......"

"Yes, yes", I mindlessly say ~ because I'm busy drawing and I can't really interrupt my experience to start teaching and explaining ~ or else I wouldn't be doing it anymore. I would be talking instead.

When I'm really in my game, when I'm really 'in the zone', I'm feeling the expression that I'm seeing. I'm feeling it. So I know what the different 'parts' are doing. I might be 'dancing with the long curly hair'. Or or puppy-dogging my eyes. Or nervously looking around (I don't like when my subject does that ~ It doesn't feel good for me to have to feel it) ~ that sort of thing. And this is imposed upon the shapes that initially Wow me as the person approaches. My first impression of what the person looks like.

Here are some simple pictures that I drew at a child's party. I'll try to remember my main impression of what I saw at that moment so I can tell you about it now:

It was the narrow triangle on the bottom of the face which repeated the shape of the smiling mouth ~ ........ ............... Oooh ~ I felt scared to do this one ~ The girl's mother told me how they're both professional models because she's so pretty and all....... ........... ........... Smooth sleek hair ~ 'Tut-tut-now' lips .............. ..............

Aaaah ! that debonair glance ~ Those luscious lips .............. ............ I wish I could touch that haircut ............. .........

wide-eyes, led around as a little girl ~ reminded me of myself when I was little and didn't have a clue as to what was going on ............... .............

those teeeth. not aware of that suggestive look in his young eyes. Boys. ............... ..............

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