Three weeks in a row! I’m on a roll!
Just please pretend that I posted this on Saturday, not at dark o’ clock on Sunday morning. 🙂
Believe it or not, I’m still recovering from pneumonia. Either that, or I caught a second virus while my immune system was already weakened. I’m back on antibiotics, and hopefully, this round will get rid of the sickness for good. But because I’m still coughing so hard, I can’t sleep for more than 3 or 4 hours each night; once the antihistamine wears off, I take another dose, but can’t lie down without wheezing badly. So I get up, regardless of the wee morning hours.
On Friday morning at about about 4:00 a.m., I decided to draw my character Mary Wilson again. I had to use a No. 2 pencil and computer paper because all my professional art supplies were in the bedroom, and I didn’t want to disturb my roommate, Enkie. (Also, my art cubicle is a mess; rummaging around in the dark would have triggered an avalanche of supplies.) But the No. 2 pencil worked well enough for sketching, and at 5:00 a.m., I ended up with this:
This is a better depiction of Mary’s appearance, and I like it better than my last attempt. Funny story here: I laid this sketch on the couch, left the living room to get my supplies, and returned–to find the dog reclining on the couch and resting her two front paws on my sketch. Plenty of empty cushion space on the couch, plenty of space to put her two front paws, and she plopped them on my sketch, crumbling the paper a little. (That may have been payback for kicking her off the couch in the wee hours that morning.) Fortunately, I had already scanned the picture and saved it to my computer.
Later, I transferred the sketch to toned pastel paper and add shadows and highlights with proper art supplies.
I’m not sure which I like better; this one is neater and has more detailed features, but the sketch on computer paper has a loose, spontaneous feel about it.
And then I drew Mary again…
…with a quote I found on Pinterest that reminded me of her. She considers it her pride and joy to care for her husband and children.
Yesterday morning (Saturday) I repeated the drawing-frenzy-in-the-wee-hours of the morning.
Here’s Durant, and this is pretty close to the way I picture him (though the mouth looks weird). The demeanor is accurate, and some of the features, but this being a first sketch, it’s not exactly the way I picture my character. I’ll try again later. Probably at 4:00 a.m. on Sunday morning. 🙂
The illegible note beneath his name reads “@ age 20, maybe?” which was a note I wrote to rationalize the fact that this didn’t turn out quite the way I wanted, and to consider this as his 20-year-old appearance.
I said it was time for a happier Sydney picture, didn’t I? I fully intended to draw him smiling, maybe playing with little Lucie, but (a) couldn’t find a good reference photo, and (b) got inspired for a different subject. This is a scene from the book, from the part in which Sydney wanders the streets of Paris before Charles’s second trial and watches the sun rise. That moment is what I wanted to capture. I may paint this with watercolor someday.
And then I drew Raoul because, why not?
And yay, I finally drew a face mostly from the front!
More to come next week!–or later this week, rather. 🙂