Friday, February 26, 2010


This time - a person reading a book. Are you sensing a theme here? :) These drawings are all about me (but not of me, exactly) and I love reading. Also I just picked up knitting recently - hence the hat and scarf. Is that too boring? I feel like if I explain too much about what I was thinking when I decide what I want to draw it's not interesting anymore. I hope even if I'm doing something literal that it also reads as more narrative and ambiguous (why are these people going outside, for example) but I worry.

I like thinking about creating things - even if it's just a hat - and then using them for something. I thought as long as I'm overcoming my fears and using the figure that they should be doing something and definitely not nude. I'm so over the "figure drawings that are nude just because that's what everyone does" type of drawings. Not that some of them aren't beautiful, but I don't think most of them have anything personal to say. But maybe it's too tediously personal to draw a knitted hat, so I don't know :)

Oh, same as last time, 11x14" on Fab hot press, graphite and gouache.


freshlychopped said...

i'm still really loving the figure drawings! i know exactly what you mean about needing to walk away from a piece and look at it with fresh eyes, you are not nutty. : ) i tend to overwork things if i stare at them too long so it's absolutely necessary to just walk away from time to time.

June rhymes with moon said...

Thanks, Leah! I always appreciate the feedback, especially when I'm still a little nervous about using the figure in the first place. Oh, and I can always use someone to tell me I'm not nutty, even if it's not 100% true :)

gretchenmist said...

it's hard to find the balance between thinking and worrying!
your figure pieces are really good~ you shouldn't worry. maybe the more you do, the easier it'll become to allow yourself to go with your ideas without too much questioning.
i agree re the nude figure work!!

June rhymes with moon said...

Thanks but I think I'll probably still worry a bit :) I can't help it, apparently. It's easier not to question my judgment as much when I get some positive feedback from other artists I admire, so thanks for that!