Saturday, 20 June 2009

Some more scribbles

I wasn't going to post any more of my drawing exercises because I thought you might get bored (I promise I will blog about other things soon!!) but so many of you have e-mailed me to say that your really enjoying seeing them that I thought what the hell.....

I've actually done another two exercises since I last blogged. The first one was called the 'touchy-feely' exercise and involved exploring how specific marks can be linked to particular sensations. I gathered together a few objects from around the house that had different tactile qualities (The book suggested feathers or something soft, dried flowers, a small toy and a stone or fossil) then closed my eyes and drew what they felt like.....I guess the idea is that you look with your fingers!! (Tis an odd sensation drawing with your eyes closed!!)

To give you a better idea of what I mean I've taken a photo of the object and my drawing of it

The second exercise involved taking this idea a step further. You have to actually produce a self portrait (yes, you can start laughing now) by drawing what you feel when you touch your own face and head....again with your eyes closed!! In this one your fingers are never allowed to leave your face and your charcoal is never allowed to leave the paper. (I'm actually quite please with my second attempt...although I'm not sure how I managed to leave out one eye on both drawings....I do have two!!)


HelenMHunt said...

That's brilliant - so interesting. Please do keep posting about it x

Snowbrush said...

Only what IS that thing in the second photo?

DJ Kirkby said...

Erm...I like your first attempt the best! Tres cool my friend. xo

Ann said...

Oh I love the self portraits Carol, they are wonderful.
Going to try it myself, here goes, drat it, the tomato faced one has appeared again, thank goodness I don't have to draw my feet.

ladyfi said...

Wow - the drawings are fab - especially the portraits!

Kevin Mullins Photography said...

Great drawings indeed. It's great to think "outside of the box" and come up with different ideas. I love the idea of representing a tactile object through art.

Carol said...

Helen - I'm finding the exercises really interesting because they are so different but I have a feeling that you may regret saying that!!! :-)

Snowbrush -'s a fake fur scarf type thing (It's not quite a scarf and it's not quite a snood...a snarf?)

DJ - I like the first one too but it makes me look like I'm smirking (was probably grimacing at the time trying to work out how to draw the bloody thing!!).

Ann - hehehe, the scary thing is that they do look a bit like me!! (Chris doesn't call me mop top for nothing!!).

Ladyfi - I have never done a self portrait before (well, except the wee cartoon thing that's on my profile but that doesn't really count!!) and I found the whole thing quite daunting!! I'm glad you like them :-)

C x

Carol said...

Kevin - You managed to sneak in there!!

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed drawing the was quite exciting to open my eyes and see what I had created!!

C x

Debs said...

I love those drawings. It's interesting to see how the brain interprets what the fingers are feeling.

Lily Sheehan said...

Not getting bored at all. You've opened a 'LIKE' in art for me. Keep em coming.

Blu said...

more more...very interesting idea..i cannot imagine doing the self portrait..maybe i will try too!

Mark said...

Very good - I like the first portrait best - though still quite traditional. And the first drawing too.
It's good to see that everyone is so supportive - helps you keep going. But whatever you do, don't play safe, or to an audience, because that defeats the object. As John used to say to me ' make them even worse' and then they'll start to get good again.

Carol said...

Debs - I really enjoyed doing them!! As I said in the post, I actually found opening my eyes to see what I had created really exciting!! I'm definately going to do more of's a good way of limbering up the drawing muscles if you know what I mean!!

Lily - asked for it!!! I'm actually planning to do some bit's and pieces in my normal style to see if I can perhaps sell them to a card company. Chris's 40th birthday is in October (Seems a long time away but I know it will be here before I know it) and I want to try and earn some money of my own so I can get him something suitably wonderful :-). I'm aiming to do the two at the same time...might be ambitious but hey

Blu - Ohhh please do!! I would love to see what you come up with :-)

Mark - I like the first drawing too....I don't really think the scarf worked but thought I would post it anyway!! The book suggests that I get some black and white chalk to add to the images so that's my next purchase.

Your right, the portraits are a bit safe. I was aware of that when I was doing them so have planned to have another go and not move on to the next exercise just yet.

I have a lovely group of blog friends but don't worry, I will post my attempts whether I think they look good or not :-)

C x

Ann said...

Carol, the hair thing, yes indeedy, mine has a tendancy to have the " hanging oot the midden look ", this is why it is long, easier to keep in place with one million hair pins, a crochet hook or two, chopsticks, anything pointy that can be pushed in to hold the midden look down.

I can see why the heat in Thailand disrupted your locks ha!.

French Fancy said...

Carol - aren't you talented! Well I already knew that from having seen the link to your gallery


Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

Carol, this is all stunning and I love the self portraits! This is just such a brilliant way to learn to "re-see" the world, yourself, the things around you. I'm starting to think that if I can find time inbetween writing, that this is something I really have to try! Soooo exciting!!!

Carol said...

Ann - Yep, I know that 'hanging oot the midden look' very very well!!! How I long for straight hair!!!

French Fancy - Awww, that's a lovely thing to say honey!! I do have a tendency to look at other people's work and think 'I wish I could draw like that!!'

I really need to do some work on the website...I've been neglecting it!!

Absolute Vanilla - I'm finding the exercises difficult and challenging but fun too :-) and they are definitely making me look at things differently!! (I'm glad you like the self portraits....I found them surprisingly difficult to do!!). Go on....have a go!! (and then post them somewhere so that I can go and have a look :-D)

C x

Suburbia said...

Gosh, those are amazing! (found you at Rural Villagers)

Carol said...

Suburbia - Welcome and thank you :-). I'm still finding the ideas in the book I'm following pretty wild but I'm having fun which I guess is the main thing!!

Right, I'm off to yours for a nosey :-)

C x

BT said...

What fun, I think you're doing great. I can't draw for nuts!

Carol said...

BT - Awww, thanks hon!! I'm learning to look at things differently and having fun doing it :-)

C x

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