For better or worse, I have lived all my life a left-brain dominant being, fully in touch with that side of my brain that I'm told is responsible for logical, analytic functions. In school, this may have helped earn my reputation as class geek in Math & English, but when it came to art, even my stick figure was a miserable sight.
When I look at a face from a calculative (left-brain) perspective, I see two eyes, a nose, mouth and ears. Add some hair and eyebrows, & there you have it-- a face. Based on this way of thinking, in my first lesson before receiving instruction, Audrey asked me to draw a face from memory. The result was a left-brain guided collection of symbolic markings -- circular lines to represent curly hair, almond shapes for large eyes, & what look like a 1st grade rendition of pouty lips, below.
You didn't believe me when I said I was torturer of the stick figure, did you? Proof positive, right here! My "before-instruction" drawing.
Audrey then showed me to how to simply "draw what you see" while helping me to "see" the subject not from the left-brain mode of a collection of parts, but from the artist's perspective of only seeing lines, shapes & color values. Following her directions, I drew this human eye after three hours of instruction based on a photo she gave me. Wonder of wonders that it was even possible.
My drawing after 3 hours of instruction.
Now there's still lots of room for improvement in this drawing, but there's huge improvement over the drawing produced just 3 hours prior.
The desire to take drawing classes was born of frustration with an inability to put on paper a picture from my head. Words are wonderful, but sometimes you just have to see it.
Not to mention, original pencil drawings & prints are a beautiful art form for decorating & a pastime that is both stimulating & relaxing.
A small drawing in antique frame in an interior designed by Phoebe Howard.
The entryway in Kate & Andy Spade's home is a gallery of paintings, prints and pencil drawings.
On a hutch in the Spade's living room, a drawing of their daughter mingles with photographs & paintings.
Framed drawings quietly blend into two vignettes, above & below, by the talented design duo, Carol Ray & Marlene Weitman. You can see more of their work here on Cote de Texas & in Betty Lou Phillips book, The French Room. Photo Cote de Texas.
In my children's bathroom, an inexpensive Norman Rockwell pencil drawing print is framed & hangs atop Brunschwig & Fils' 'Frog Treillage' wallpaper in lily pad.
Framed safari drawing over sofa Cote de Texas.
This rendition of Audrey Hepburn is by artist, writer & creator of the blog Castles, Crowns & Cottages, Anita Rivera. I purchased it for my 10 year-old daughter's room. Check out Anita's other drawings & artwork at her Etsy shop.
Drawings in Stephen Shubel's Paris apartment, above & below.
Antique drawings collaged into wallpaper via Trouvais
If you are one of my local readers & would like to take drawing classes, here's a link to Audrey Bottrell's class schedule. On her website you can also see work from other students as well as her own beautiful portrait drawings.
Here's a link to the book I've referenced, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.