Tuesday, August 17, 2010

A warm-up exercise

My copy in 2B and 4B pencil.

Mme. Pierre Gautreau by John Singer Sargent

My copy overlaid on Sargent's.

It's clear to see on the overlay image I pushed the curves too far. At Art Center I was taught to exaggerate rather than to understate. Slight exaggeration can loosen drawings up and kill stiffness, that's goood. I think that was good advice because it got me to push things farther. Now it seems I need to focus and be more subtle with my line.

My larger forehead makes her look younger. I think Madame Gautreau would have appreciated that.