Sunday, March 16, 2008

POPCORN BY ANY OTHER NAME.....






















I have finished my popcorn drawing. I worked on a light gray pastel paper with powdered charcoal, vine charcoal and a pressed stick of charcoal for the darkest tone. I used white conte crayon and white hard pastel for the lightest tones and a kneaded eraser for blending and lifting. It is an interesting challenge to recreate all the values. "Is this area lighter or darker than that area?" "How much lighter or darker" These are the kinds of questions one begins to focus on. I stuck the popcorn down on the drawing board with double stick tape so it wouldn't move around. Now the problem is to find an image in these shapes. I photographed the drawing and then duplicated the photograph 3 times so I could see it in all 4 directions. Nothing much except flower shapes is coming to mind. I don't want to do flowers because that is too easy and seems like a cop out. I will stare at these photos for awhile until something jumps out at me. I think it will be like those "magic" images that were popular a few years ago. If you stared at it long enough a 3-d image showed up. This is turning out to be more difficult than I thought it would be. Feel free to contribute any ideas you have regarding hidden images in this drawing. It's all part of the fun.

12 comments:

Nava said...

Those are stunning!!

I see two angels in a fervent duel, but that's me...

Love the title of this post, by the way :-)

Mary said...

I see George Washington riding his horse on a cloud in the upper kernel in the lower right picture.

How wild is that!! I discovered I have no popcorn in the house -- must get to the store so I can give this one a try.

RHCarpenter said...

I see flamingco (sp?) dancers with their skirts twirling.

Anonymous said...

HILDA said

I see a knight kneeling before his queen

jill said...

the drawing on the left? i see a woman's head, on a tilt....and myrna, that's "right up your portrait alley"!

Cecelia said...

In two, I saw a mouse among scraps of food and big leaves of cabbage or lettuce; in another, there were babies floating; and then there were the Texas Bluebonnets!
Actually, they are all interesting as they are!
We haven't popped our popcorn, yet. Not a good time with family members getting over the second round of the flu.

Kathy said...

I see flying baby angels. What a fun assignment. Guess I'll get out my pop corn and give it a try. Thanks for the inspiration. Kathy

cPrentiss said...

I see butterflys, upper right and lower right.

Been meaning to comment for a long time and finally couldn't let this pass.

Anonymous said...

Hilda said...

You must have used Orville Redenbacker(sp) I used some out of a huge bag of jollytime I have had forever, I didn't get quite the same interesting shapes as you.

Ambara said...

The one on the left reminds me of bats.

Anonymous said...

The one on the left looks like a bat.

Anonymous said...

I see a figure seated from a bird's eye view, as in from the ceiling, in one figure, the other one is more challenging. I tried this last night and didn't get enough contrast on the dark grey paper with colored pencils and will try it with conte and also with pastel. Thank you for sharing this exercise. Have you booked the GAC yet? Dorise

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