Before I show you today’s subject, I think it’s important to set the stage just a bit. As I ambled into class today, I was contemplating some things I’ve been reading lately, specifically the idea of Man as imago Dei. Before I start to sketch anyone, I usually try to look for the person behind the person, the animating Spark, and I was contemplating how to accomplish that today. With such light fancies wandering through my brain, I beheld our sitter:
Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you Curly.
So of course, I laughed a bit, but I assure you it was sheer delight, even though clown paintings generally creep me out. Because he truly does reflect some of the principles I was reading about yesterday. Here is a man who takes his duties very seriously. In an age of increasing casualism, he dons a regalia that is every bit as meaningful as a priest’s vestments or a warrior’s armor. And he’s a Shriner, so there’s no weird Shakes the Clown mentality going on here (I know what you’re thinking, Babe!). His purpose, his Office if you will, is to make people – specifically very sick children, in fact – happy, if only for a little while, in spite of his own troubles (he told me, during a break, that he figured this was a good way to spend a Friday morning when you’re waiting to hear back from the oncologist). Anyway, Curly was a great subject this morning, and I hope and pray his news is better than he expects.
On to the drawings.
To start each drawing today, I tried to first get the man, then do the makeup. I think it worked out pretty well.
A quick figure study. The fingers are wonky again, I know.
On this one, you can see where I erased my initial outlines in a couple spots. I finally remembered to actually measure, thank goodness. It really does make a difference.
and the final for this one:
I still had an hour left, so I switched positions and did one more.
Again, I remembered to measure (hence the cross in the middle).
The final drawing:
I took this last photo as I was packing up. It’s never a bad thing when you look in the mirror and see a strong resemblance (they’re washed out, I know, but you get the idea).