Wednesday, January 21, 2009

LAST THREE OBAMA SKETCHES DONE




I was impatient to get this project done, so the price was paid. When working with a new image, I like to do quite a few drawings in my sketchbook. One has the choice of working with an erasable mark or drawing over and over making mental adjustments each time. I prefer to do lots of drawings with no erasing. Consequently, some of these sketches look pretty accurate and others are way off. So, I guess I will cut up the book , mat the ones I like and gesso over the failed images. I may try this again sometime, but for now I will consider it completed.

I received a note from Jill asking about the manuscript part of the image. That is from a stamp. It is illegible so I'm not even sure if it is English, but it looks like a hand written document of some sort. I wanted a visual reference to the Constitution or some other important document. She also thought I had planned where the different elements would fall on the head. Actually I just moved the stamped things around a bit from frame to frame for variety. The fun is seeing how the random elements come together as a whole image after you add the drawing.

8 comments:

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

You have achieved his sincerity and strength in all three sketches and I love the background feel of the American flag and the writing.

Amy Sullivan said...

~All 3 are very strong portraits of our President~
you really got him on the 2nd. one~
~Amy~

Anonymous said...

I love these sketches and the background stamping, although you think they are way off, but I think you could tell right away that it is Obama, it is Brilliant.

Abeer

Cecelia said...

I wondered if you could just use parts of the Constitution, printed, and draw over that, if you wanted to get in that document. I found an interesting looking copy of Lincoln's Inaugeration Speech that looked like it was on parchment paper and had a flag design at the top, online. Dover books has some coloring books on Lincoln, the presidents, etc. You can sign up with them and get sample pages from books each week. That always gave me some ideas to use as a teacher, too.

Mary Crowell said...

are you planning on sending one to obama or michelle? it could end up hanging in the white house! wouldn't that be an honor. great concept! love the subtleties!

Mary Paquet said...

Wonderful, Myrna. You have certainly taught me that drawing an image multiple times means they become more successful. However, your first tries are amazing.

Where do you get your stamps? Maybe I am asking a silly question, but I have not found many interesting stamps.

seesue said...

A STUPENDOUS project. I love the colours, balance and your sketches (of course).

andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

wow, stunning work.

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