My daily sketch:
I did not feel up to drawing a full human figure this evening, so I focused on a single eye. I’m not thrilled with it, but the sheer act of drawing a human eye from a reference photos forced me to notice things that I, in the past, have repeatedly messed up when attempting to draw faces. While I really struggled to get them into the drawing — a combination of rushing and sheer lack of skill — I realized that I usually ignore the bottom/top plane of the top/bottom eyelid. “Eyelids are not flat,” but all too often I draw them as sort of being like form-fitting jeans, perfectly contoured to the eye, and they aren’t; they have some thickness. I am going to need some serious work to map all this out, but I did happen upon this page which seems like an excellent resource.
I’m thinking I might use that page above for a series going forward, where maybe I devote a week at a time doing daily sketches to some of the tutorials the artist offers. As in, a whole week where my series of seven daily sketches are just ears, or just eyes, or just lips, etc, culminating in a week of full face sketches. Just a thought, but one that is rapidly gaining traction in my mind.
Bear has been waking every morning asking me if it was time to leave for Arisia yet. He’s so funny. There are several things I’m planning to take him to, including Make Your Own Wings (his from last con finally fell apart) and a Make Your Own Mini-Hat/Fascinator (which is not strictly a kid’s workshop, but which welcomes well-supervised kids), a few sword/fencing demonstrations, and both the Geeky Bellydance performance and the Masquerade. He’ll also be accompanying me to some kid-friendly panels, and probably spending some time at some other playdates/makerspace kid events with my mom.
Honestly, I wish I had something like Arisia growing up; some place that celebrated my geeky interests, my intense interests, my creativity. My parents tried to be supportive (and were successful in some ways, and less successful in others), but I feel like getting to know like-minded peers at a young age, or even seeing grownups still enjoying and reveling in the geeky interests that had already begun earning me eye-rolls from my family, would have done wonders for my self-image. Maybe I wouldn’t feel the need to apologize to people for how into certain things I am. Maybe I wouldn’t feel embarrassed, in certain social circles, for my level of enthusiasm over some silly piece of pop culture.
Meanwhile, I feel like work kicked into hyperdrive this week and looks to maybe be calming down, now that finals have actually started? I have only two finals to sit with students this term, and will be spending the rest of my time doing some correcting and editing on student papers and doing some vocational evaluations. All in all, for me, the next few days are relatively chill, which is welcome. Coming back post-Arisia and having only casual/incidental student meetings and a single final to sit is far easier to handle while suffering post-con burnout than a full-fledged day of classes and training.
Tomorrow is my Friday, but hey, maybe for you, it’s just Friday Jr. You’re still almost there. You can make it.