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Old 12-07-2010, 02:59 AM
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Seejay's 12 days of December

Decided to jump into the December challenge - like eating fruit and veges it will be good for me.

Sketchbook - A4 size, cartridge paper, 110 gsm, spiral bound

My challenge is to draw heads (I won't call them portraits). I am starting with 12 small heads on the first day, 11 on the second day, 10 on the third, and so on, until I will do one larger and hopefully more recognisable human head on the last day.

I will probably do them all from photos, from various sources, but I'll see how I go...the use of these photos will be purely for educational purposes.

Day One - 12 small heads - graphite clutch pencil 0.9mm, HB and 2B, from a book about J Robert Oppenheimer and the development of nuclear weapons during WWII...most of the photos I referenced are small, some around postage stamp size, so my heads are bigger than the photos. No great likenesses, but some look almost human so I'm happy.

Two pages, six heads to a page...





Fingers crossed I can finish this off!

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These are great. And you are making it easier on yourself by starting backwards, doing the most difficult first. You'll do fine. Only 66 more to go.
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Old 12-07-2010, 09:49 PM
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Re: Seejay's 12 days of December

Thanks Debby - my idea is to spend about the same amount of time each day - it may not happen, but hopefully the last one/s will be better with the practice.

Day 2 - eleven seemed to take longer than yesterday's twelve, hope that isn't a trend that continues!

Page 1 (six heads - various photos off www...)



Page 2 (five heads - two old master ripoffs, and some from the Oppenheimer book....)



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Old 12-07-2010, 11:05 PM
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These are great, Chris! Especially for fast and small - I think larger is easier in a number of respects. The classic Vermeer is really nicely done.
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Oppenheimer... he always wore that hat and puffin on a pipe... you captured his likeness.. E=mc2 had a lot to do with it too... great job on those sketches...
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Excellent variety of sketches! You are good at getting the different expressions and moods.
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Yay Chris! I love seeing other people do portraits and figures
These are great - my favourite is the girl with the pearl earring....

How clever of you to work the other way back - as it gets busier in the month you can concentrate on less
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Cool work!

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How clever of you to work the other way back - as it gets busier in the month you can concentrate on less
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Chris - Great idea to start with 12 sketches and work you way backward to one final one. Clever!!
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These are fantastic! You've already got good proportions and modeling shadows, so watching your progress is going to be a joy. Great idea doing it backward with 12 studies first, then doing one fewer each day. Gorgeous head studies. So many of them too - 23 just to start, amazing!
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Re: Seejay's 12 days of December

Thanks everyone!

Chuck -
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E=mc2 had a lot to do with it too
Everything to do with it, scary if you think about it too much.

EP -
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you are a smart artist
I get called that all the time (at least it sounds something like that).

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So many of them too - 23 just to start
Hopefully I can keep finding heads!

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Oh, there are plenty of heads in the world. But, are they worthy of making it into your sketchbook? Great job on 11.
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Such a variety of heads and what a wonderful idea as a way to practice.

You certainly have the proportions and recognisable likenesses.
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When you're good, you're good and you are good!

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Re: Seejay's 12 days of December

Debby -
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are they worthy of making it into your sketchbook?

They may not think so...


Elain -
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You certainly have the proportions and recognisable likenesses.

Let's just say it's a work-in-progress.

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you are good!

I wish! Nice of you to say so, but there is a long way to go yet.

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