Seeing What’s There

18 Jan


Husb and I are babysitting three little relatives having a sleepover. Loads of pancakes made, corn popped and films on DVD stacked up ready. It’s a good opportunity to practice drawing young heads. I’ve long been of the opinion that children have alien heads; little tiny nose squished onto a little tiny face squashed onto an enormous head. With massive eyelashes.

I’ve been trying to draw my little niece for ages, but I still can’t get the proportions right. I’m getting there but still a way to go. I just can’t believe what I’m seeing, can’t accept the impossibly tiny chin and unfeasibly huge eyes. It just doesn’t compute. More practice needed. I drew this with a graphite pencil into my A5 Tate Gallery sketchbook.

5 Responses to “Seeing What’s There”

  1. Nancy Farmer January 19, 2015 at 12:29 #

    I know just what you mean – we are so used to the ‘normal’ proportions of our own faces, or the faces of people we usually draw…

    • Rosie Scribblah January 19, 2015 at 15:03 #

      Yes, not squishy little ones with Toffos for noses 😀

  2. kestrelart January 19, 2015 at 00:49 #

    Isnt the challenge that they move ….?

    • Rosie Scribblah January 19, 2015 at 15:03 #

      This one was staring at a kids’ film. Drugs for children lol 😀

  3. Judith Hladik-Voss January 19, 2015 at 00:26 #

    Portraits are so oddly difficult. What’s that quote? Something a little bit wrong with the mouth?

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