Yesterday was an important day in the ongoing saga of the drawing of the day project: I closed sketchbook #17 and did the first drawing in sketchbook #18. There’s a whole lot of erasing to be done before #17 can take its place on the shelf over the desk with the rest of the collection. (I try to keep the sketchbooks up to date by erasing and correcting late at night or early in the morning when I’m not up to working on new art, but there’s always more to do.) So, while I’m finishing things up, I will probably be showing you some of the better images that didn’t make the weekly posts.
Regular readers will be familiar with my problems drawing “beautiful” characters. I don’t find smoothness and symmetry interesting to draw, or write about for that matter, even in the very limited way I “write” stories in my head to go with these drawings as I draw them. When I do try drawing somebody “beautiful”, they usually end up cast in the part of a costumed hero (or villain), a witch or wizard, an angel, or, as in this case, a fashion model.
If I don’t have a plan in mind, I let the pose make the decision. A rather silly pose like this often suggests the strange compositions you see in fashion photography. So I punched up the clothes, drew in an “exotic” background, and added a character representing a photographer’s assistant, and voila, a scene on a fashion shoot somewhere in the Knotted Rope. The model keeps on posing, while the assistant, wearing his anthropology hat, checks some of the images on his tablet computer. The gizmo in his pocket is supposed to be a light meter.
The three eyed elephant statue is probably an unconscious variation on the “dog with three tails” theme.