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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,
Mickey

Don’t

Hello dear readers!

It is I, your good friend Harriet the rabbit, speaking from beyond the grave. You knew it would happen, didn’t you? I know Mickey knew I wouldn’t be able to stay out of it. I write because I have met a very distinguished gentleman here, who authored a book entitled, Don’t.

It is filled with badly needed etiquette advice for our readers. Perhaps from time to time I can pass on a quote or two from the book.

Let us start with a selection from In Speech:

Don’t use slang. There is some slang that, according to Thackeray, is gentlemanly slang, and other slang that is vulgar. If one does not know the difference, let him [or her] avoid slang altogether, and then he will be safe.

Don’t use profane language. Don’t multiply epithets and adjectives; don’t be too fond of superlatives. Moderate your transports.

Don’t use meaningless exclamations, such as “Oh my!” “Oh, crackey!” etc.