Monday, July 30, 2007
Friday, July 27, 2007
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Starting yesterday, today I finished copying my finest book on human-anatomy for artists..456 pages! Wow, I'm very contend, because it's been such a long time since I really sat down, and STUDIED anatomy. It was like a breath of fresh air to go over all these pages, full of muscles, and pictures covering the human body from almost any angle. I once photocopied my exemplar at home using the book I had borrowed from the library..I had never seen such a detailed and clear book written for artists on anatomy.
Unfortunately, I didn't copy the title of the book, but I know that it is written by Gottfried Bammes, a German artscholar. His own drawings are aesthetically speaking not top-notch, but they are very clear and precise. Alongside his own drawings, in the book their are dozens of sketches from artists from all over history and the text is accompanied by many photographs..it's the BEST book. On amazon.com, you can buy some of Gottfried Bammes books. I think this one most closely approximates my version: "Die Gestalt des Menschen" (Hardcover). See the accompanying picture. Never mind the text is German, because the pictures speak for themselves.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
It's late in the evening and I'm still working on a paper...so what you see here is my 'blogger pause'..
Today I watched a bit of the movie Casablanca (never seen it before..argh) and Ingrid Bergman seemed somehow so familiar to me..I didn't understand until I realized that she had a striking resemblance to Isabella Rosellini. I later found out Isabella is in fact the daughter of Ingrid. Here are their pictures (top is Ingrid Bergman) and you can really see how much they look alike.
On a further note..having only seen bits and pieces of the movie, I now understand the relevance of those famous taglines you hear in songs every now and then. Taglines like 'Here's looking at you kid!', 'Of all the gin-joints (...) she walks into mine!' or 'We'll always have Paris'. I always like those kind of quotes; when they originate in popular culture and become a common way of expressing feelings.
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Sketches for a fairytale project.
It's kinda strange..; on the one hand drawing these sketches is liberating, in the sense that it's devoid of all difficult elements drawing-wise (is that even a word?). One the other hand, drawing too much of these sketches makes me lazy and perhaps even forgetfull. If I were to draw 'below' the level of complexity I can handle at a certain point in my development, I bet in the long run it will lead to a decrease in quality of my pictures. So it's always necessary to draw your best, to always push the envelope and improve your work -and with that the sophistication and complexity of it.
(btw: it ofcourse requires a lot of energy to do so ;)