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What I really need to learn how to do is to shade my illustrations in a convincing way. That’s a large part of why I wanted to learn how to draw properly. Today I did two drawings of a felted bowl I have. They are not very good, but it got me motivated to keep working at it.

After the bowls I did a free journal drawing and then tried to shade it– at least the dog part of it.  I really want to be able to shade these invented characters. So much of what the drawing books teach you is to draw what you see, but I don’t actually see these things before I draw them. I think I need to learn how to imagine them more clearly in a three-dimensional way with light hitting them.

More Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain

I’ve been stalled a bit with my drawing exercises for Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. I’m supposed to be drawing the portrait of a real model, and I’ve started to sketch my daughter Carle twice now, but we always run out of time. Today I decided to move on to light and shadows, even though I need a lot more practice drawing portraits. This is actually the main reason I wanted to do this curriculum– to get to the light and shadows part. I want to move my drawings out of two dimensions into three.

I actually enjoyed making this drawing (copy) more than any exercise so far I think. Betty Edwards is always talking about getting lost in right brain mode and losing track of time, but I find the exercises feel very slow and difficult. Playing with shadows and light, however, I found that time really did pass by quickly.

The assignment was to copy a self-portrait by Gustave Courbet. I mistakenly copied a copy of the drawing that is also in the book. Here are the three drawings: the original, a copy by a drawing instructor, and my copy of the drawing instructor’s copy.

Self-Portrait by Gustave Courbet, 1897
Copy of Courbet Self-Portrait by drawing instructor Brian Bomeisler
My (mistaken) copy of Brian Bomeisler's drawing

Ha! I don’t know if Courbet would appreciate this progression. I’ve given him a pretty strange mouth. I did that part last and was running out of patience.

After I did the exercise I made a journal drawing to let off some steam. It’s a mountain goat on top of a mountain.

Apprendre le Français

Dear Readers,

What better day than this rainy Monday to begin learning French? While, as you well know,  I’m not a fan of the French, I do like their language, and I really like their food.

Here I have put together a guide of practical French words you can begin to memorize, along with illustrations made by the weasels. Guess what? I am not allowed to call them weasels anymore. And, I must admit, they are no longer weasels– they are turning into young women and their greatest offense now is to constantly refer to me as “she” or “her.” Do I look like a girl to you?!

Here they are all grown up.  Somewhat tart-ish, if you ask me. Surely that’s Bernice’s influence.

Well, with that, I will leave you, cherished readers, to your French studies.

Until the next,
I remain,
your loyal dog and blogger,