Thursday, January 12, 2012

Posemaniacs and a Retry of the Street Scene

This morning I decided to do a blind contour of the 60-second sketch and then a back and forth with the eyes drawing (I don't know what you call a drawing that is a contour, but not blind). It is interesting to me that for the most part my blind contours turn out much too wide and my others turn a bit too thin.

These two sketches are both of the same pose.

Then, thanks to my friend, Phil Davis, I decided to retry the street scene from yesterday by going more slowly and finding the vanishing point for each bank of buildings and trying to get my perspective better. I think I've achieved a much more pleasing sketch (as you can see it is not quite finished) and I feel quite good about it.

I'm going to have to try more of these to get the process to feel comfortable, but for now I see a huge improvement over yesterday's attempt.

I need to stay busy today so I don't worry myself into a tizzy. My sister, Margaret (Mags) is in the hospital with pneumonia and a partially collapsed lung. She was diagnosed with MS when she was 32 and by the time she was in her 40s, she was unable to get herself out of her chair and into her wheelchair. She turned 51 yesterday (how awful to spend your birthday in hospital) and she is unable to move herself much at all. I'm guessing she weighs about 90 pounds and it saddens me to so to remember that she was my pleasingly curvaceously plump sister before she was ravaged by this disease. I'm hoping to get better news today when Mom calls me with an update. I called the hospital to talk to her and her husband to find that she weighs 67 pounds and they are going to look at her lungs to see if the aspiration they did the night before is enough or if they will aspirate again today.

I hope you are well and that you are finding time for creative endeavors today.



  1. Wow what a difference, well done.
    Hope your sister recovers.
    Nearly forgot, like the posemaniacs, keep at it.

  2. Vicki, you & your sister are in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. I agree - vast improvement on the buildings - very well done. Good for you for working at it, and the Posemaniacs too - I find them very tough to do.

    I am so sorry for what your sister is going through. These wild cards in life, so sad. Wish your sister and you and your family well.

  4. Vicki you and your sister are in my prayers.

  5. Vicki, Sorry to hear about your sister. I'll keep all of you in my heart. Jan

  6. Since I saw you today, I know your sister is home again. I hope she continues to improve. Hugs, nancy