Quintessence

The Sakyong
Pen and ink, 9 x 11 inches

Due to illness and emergencies, my Saturday morning drawing class, the last in the series, was reduced to one student. I asked him what he really wanted to draw. He said that he really wanted to draw characatures. So I set about giving a lesson in characatures (which I've never done before).

I grabbed a handful of magazines and began flipping through looking for good subjects while thinking about what the essential thing is to know about making charactures. Well, it's essence. Quintessence, really — the pure, highly concentrated essence of a person's face.

I opened to a page in The New Yorker with a very suitable photo by Steve Pyke of William Kentridge on stage, pointing his finger. I carved out a quick copy in ink...


and then went about reducing the features to essential lines as a demo.


While my student was at work on his studies of characatures, I made one of The Sakyong (at top) from the cover of an old Shambhala Sun sitting on the drawing table. I really enjoyed this process! Will have to do more.

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4 comments:

Mineke Reinders said...

Wonderful! You are truly multi-talented. To improvise a drawing lesson like that - your lone student was privileged.

Suzanne McDermott said...

Glad you like these. (I do, too.) Well, you know what they say about teaching — it's a great way to learn.

Hazel said...

I could never draw a person. xDDD You're so good with lines. xD

Suzanne McDermott said...

Like anything, it takes practice and a willingness to power through drawings you think are not so good.