I got into my major! I passed the sophomore review with a score of 98. I also received a certificate for having one of the top portfolios in my grade! My work is currently on display in the Hartford Art school hallways. 😀
Today in drawing for illustration we learned about ears. Apparently, there are a lot of professional, working illustrators out there who can’t–or don’t–draw ears right. My professor showed us examples of very incorrect ears in Marvel Comic’s books. Also, there seems to be a huge problem out there with perspective, and placing the horizon line too low! One of the examples shown to us in class was of a digital illustration in (if i remember correctly) News Week, an internationally read magazine. Most professional illustrators, published in magazines, are paid thousands of dollars for their work. And though it may be rendered beautifully, there are fundamental drawing issues.
There are even a lot of really bad anatomy books out there, meant to instruct learning artists how to correctly and accurately draw the human figure. A lot of them are vert wrong. I’ve seen them. You go to Barnes and Nobles and flip through the drawing books and something just feels off about a lot of the figures. Obviously, drawing from the figure itself, or the skeleton is a good way to learn. Even pictures are useful. But when drawing from drawings, be cautious.
On a lighter note, I have added a new piece to the main artwork gallery. It is a print from my first edition in lithography. It is a self-portrait, believe it or not. Basically, I feel that there is so much that makes up an individual that it cannot be contained or summed up in a simple still life or collection of symbols. A person needs a large space. Therefor, I drew a landscape, a vast open desert, rocky and beautiful, lit up by the setting sun. There are clouds in the sky, but also a suggestion of a roof over the scene, suggesting that it is inside of something. The ground is split open and there is a heart inside of a rib-cage structure that echos the shape of the roof. There are electrical lines running to the heart, as well as rail road tracks and tunnels. There are windmills in the background–all signs of productivity and motivation.