Monday, 23 April 2018

Almost an Art School project.



Ms Wylie's photo (above) appeared in a recent copy of The Sunday Times, and I found it quite enticing.

I decided to study the picture closely, then attempt to draw it simply from memory.

OK, my effort is a bit rustic, probably because I'm out of practice.

Try it yourself!






33 comments:

  1. Just don't ask the judges on The Big Painting Challenge (BBC); they are savage. I might try Rose Wylie later.

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    1. What rubbish last night. I imagine they chose all the contestants so that we SHOUT at the TV.

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    2. This wasn't intended to coincide with last night's programme, but we were all taught to LOOK, LOOK, and LOOK again, before making even the simplest of marks on paper or canvas. These people do the opposite; they glance at the subject, then spend ten minutes scrubbing around before glancing again. Why did none of the 'tutors' explain that to them!!!

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    3. And why do the tutors not explain to them that you are supposed to set your easel so you can see your subject by moving your eyes, not your body, from easel to subject and back again and you do not block your vision of what you are painting by the ruddy thing. I thought they were most cruel to Jane for telling her not to use the bright vibrant colours she likes and when she experimented and took their advice they said the complete opposite and condemned her.

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    4. I can see that we're shouting the same things. Very frustrating; I don't think I'll watch it again.

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  2. Don't know who Mrs W is but hope she's got personality cos she sure doesn't have looks!

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    1. Have a look at her work on Google Images.

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    2. Your comment not so much an unkind as a non thinking remark, LA. I won't ask you the same question as I don't wish to give offence.

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  3. It's instantly recognizable. You could have been a police artist.

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    1. I think she might recognise herself. It was tempting to alter it; but I resisted.

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    2. Might she recognize herself, Cro? Big question: Do we recognize ourselves the way others see us? One of these days I'll send you a sketch of how I see you. Since I am not an "artiste" in the conventional sense you'll have to make do with a caricature, my speciality. Let's hope it'll appeal to your sense of humour.

      As to your take on Wylie - yes, you caught her to some extent, except her the expression of her eyes. You make her look more like a startled rabbit (a bit like a tutor faced with a throng of students) rather than how I interpret her stance in the original photo, namely, defiant in a sort of de Niro way "Talking to me?" Or Clint Eastwood: "Go ahead, make my day, ... Punk".

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    3. Trying to remember everything isn't easy. I concentrated on certain bits, then filled-in what I couldn't remember.

      Please don't send anything.

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  4. I can't understand half of Macron's strange English accent. How does Trump understand? Or doesn't it matter?

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    1. I haven't heard him speak too much Eeeeengleeesh; he possibly learned it in Swaziland.

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    2. I don't "understand" your comment, Gwil. "Macron's strange English accent"? Presumably you mean he is speaking English with that most charming of accents, namely French. Try speaking English with a German accent. In England. You wish you'd never left the motherland.

      Macron is making an effort which is more than can be said of most English people who assume that most people, if not speak it, at least understand English. Abroad.

      To give you the benefit of the doubt (a most commendable British concept), I'd answer your question of whether Trump understands Macron's English with: No. It doesn't matter. Since Trump understands little. BIGly.

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  5. The paintings on the wall behind her must have sparked a subliminal effect in you to make the drawing. She would have been an ideal model for Beryl Cooke.

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    1. I simply thought she had such character that it would make an interesting experiment... unfortunately one can't do the same thing with a live person.

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  6. Cro you have the artist's talent of retaining an image in your mind. You have her mouth and her eyes almost spot on and she is altogether recognisable.

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    1. I looked at the photo, on and off, for about 5 mins. It was amazing how much I forgot, and had to 'invent'.

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  7. I do not know who she is but you captured her well in your drawing.

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    1. She's a favourite painter of mine. You can see her work on Google Images; just type Rose Wylie.

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  8. I find your rendering completely fun and catching her spirit well.

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    1. It's a fun thing to do; try it from a photo of someone you know well.

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  9. I love the way you capture a look with just a few lines. I might try it when I get time but I'm very rusty.

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    1. I think I was a bit rusty too. It was fun though.

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  10. Must try this exercise but I'm sure I won't be anywhere near as successful as you! I used to try and draw people from concerts etc. on the tv which sometimes worked but could be very frustrating

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    1. I used to do that too, when I was quite young; my drawings were always rubbish.

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  11. She resembles a dude...not THE DUDE, just a dude. :-) LOL!!!!! xo

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    1. She probably is a dude. She's certainly a strong minded woman.

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  12. I have to say that I find the comments on your posts in general and this post in particular quite strange sometimes. I have no ability to hold images in my head and no ability to draw so the challenge you set yourself would totally defeat me. However I do appreciate art and artistic ability. I'm not sure that I can work out what she is thinking but your portrait is certainly instantly recognisable.

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    1. I'm afraid I have a couple of trolls who simply think in terms of confrontation; regardless of subject. I can't get rid of them (as yet), so they continue to make themselves look as stupid as possible. I do try to delete them as fast as they arrive, but occasionally I just give up!

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  13. Isn't she a great subject ?! was never good at portraits but might give this a try.
    Gill

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