Saturday, May 23, 2009

SOURCES OF INSPIRATION...BEAM ME UP, SCOTTIE!




I was flipping through the newspaper and came across this ad for the new Star Trek movie. I am always tearing things out of magazines and newspapers for my clip file. I decided this time to paste it into a sketchbook and work a little on the ideas this image triggered. Otherwise it winds up mislaid and probably never used. I thought if I acted on it right away, I might actually use it! Two things interested me about this image. One was the lighting on the faces...dramatic, theatrical. I can use lighting ideas on any face I have by analyzing which planes of the face the light is striking. It is one of the lessons I teach in the advanced portrait class. The other, more interesting idea was how the space was broken into shapes and then the interesting cropping of each of the heads (which had been elongated). I did two drawings and need to spend more time trying different arrangements, but I like the effect of the strong lighting and crowded heads.

10 comments:

Leslie Avon Miller said...

Great idea. You are so very good at expressive faces. Your portraits show a lot of individual character. I particularly enjoy your self-portraits.

Lucie G said...

I like very much the effect of these drawings too!
I'm pleased to have discovered you blog which I find very intersting; I'll come back!

Dan Kent said...

Very interesting. I like the way you took the concept and played around with it and made it your own. Found myself wondering how I can do the same. Thanks for stretching my mind.

Myrna said...

Thanks, Leslie. I hope you are going to give a self-portrait a try.

Myrna said...

Lucie, thanks for posting on my blog. I loved you ink drawing today. I was in your beautiful city of Madrid in March. Too bad we didn't know about each other then. It is exciting to connect with artists all over the world through this internet magic.

Myrna said...

Hi Dan, I am always trying to stretch what I do and hope that others come along. Great self-portrait on Artists painting themselves.

John said...

Myrna:

Cecy shared your blogsite with me and I'm totally blown away by your talent!! Who knew??

All our best from Arizona.

John

Myrna said...

Hi John!!!!! So good to hear from you. My art was a well kept secret for about 20 years but I am back where I belong. Love to Cecy. If you get back our way, be sure and call.

David Lobenberg said...

Is the word "truncated"?

Myrna said...

Truncated is an excellent word. Glad you thought of it!

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