[one drawing #13] cells

I am not really into modern art yet, but when I visited Met Museum in NY I was shocked by Chuck Close’s huge painting ‘Lucas.’ He divided the face of ‘Lucas’ into hundreds (perhaps thousands) of cells and drew it cell by cell. It came up to be fabulous mixture of abstraction+realism.

So, after getting back to sizzling Cambridge (MA), I tried to practice Close’s technique today. I picked a photo from old Time magazine, put a transparent grid (that I made) and started to draw one cell at a time. I started to draw while watching the World Cup game (Croatia vs Sweden. Congrats, Croatians!) and was pretty sure I could finish the drawing by the end of the game. However, it took much longer than I expected… about four hours. I didn’t learn how to use colors yet, so obviously I got some colors wrong. Plus there are other problems I am still discovering with my drawing 😞 , but I am just happy that I didn’t give up this ‘harder-than-I-thought’ project.

Salute to Mr. Close!

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Cells: Salute to Mr. Close

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The original photo from the Time magazine

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In the midst of drawing (in the brink of quitting!)… with colored pencils

This is the painting of Chuck Close. The size is 100 x 84 in. (254 x 213.4 cm)!



[one drawing #12] Matisse

Also from Met Museum NY.
Couldn’t help to sit in front of Henri Matisse <Nasturtiums with the Painting “Dance” I>, not only because it was such an innovative painting but more so because I studied negative space with my teacher Anne McGhee!

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Original painting of Henri Matisse’s Nasturtiums with the Painting “Dance” I

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[one drawing #11] Met Museum

Museum visit feels so much different after starting to learn drawing.
Have visited Met Museum in NY  many times, but the paintings never felt this much intimate. Tried to sketch a few figures from the masters’ paintings, with little success haha.

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Clockwise from the upper left:
1) Edouard Manet: The Spanish Singer

2) Gustave Courbet: Young Ladies of the Village

3) Paul Cezanne: Seated Peasant

4) Edgar Degas: Dancer

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