Another Upside Down

Maqbool

One of the art blogs that I consider a must read is Katherine Tyrell’s “Making a Mark“. I visit it often. It contains all kinds of useful information and links for artists. A couple of days ago I followed a link from there to Margaret Stiefvater’s post on “How to Juggle and other Parlor Tricks“. The post struck a chord in me and if you too have been procrastinating and need to give yourself a swift kick in the rear to get going, go read it! I’m hoping that the effects last at least a few days. I’m sure I’ll be heading back in a few days to refresh my conveniently failing memory. 😀

I started a couple of watercolour portraits of Andrew Wyeth yesterday. Just the first wash layer has been put in. And this morning [wonder of wonders!] I made another upside down Pen & Ink drawing. I used brown ink in the Rotring and black drawing ink for the wash. It doesnt resemble the artist, Maqbool Fida Hussain, who I was trying to capture but I do like most things that I make and this one is no exception. 😛 I will give it another go but right side up. In the meantime, keep your fingers crossed for me to succeed in my goal of doing some art related activity everyday.

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16 thoughts on “Another Upside Down

  1. Wonderful drawing! I bet it was fun to work upside down (and it looks like you worked quite loosely) and then to see it turn out like magic. I wonder if there’s a way to turn landscapes upside down to make them easier to draw out in nature!

  2. Casey, I cant imagine any of your drawings fitting in the failure slot. Hope you’re not being harsh on yourself. In both cases I used a B&W ref and that helped both with the drawing and when applying the wash.

    thanks Jules, I had a fabulous reference.

    thank you Jana 😀 a fellow EDM’er has made an upside down landscape but i think it was from a photo reference. I just had a picture of me doing a yoga pose of standing on my head and trying to do an upside down landscape in plein air 😛

    What I liked about the exercise is what you spotted right away – the looseness in the drawing and that’s what I liked. I’m so busy trying to get a likeness when I’m right side up that I sometimes forget to enjoy myself!

  3. Thanks for the link. I hadn’t spotted this before – you must have been posting during one of my feedreader ‘black holes’! 😉

    I like the combination of wash and line and the close crop in your drawing

  4. Katherine – Thank you. I’m a big fan of your work and your blog. Dont know how you manage to do both! Your comment has brought me back to this post and reminded me that I haven’t tried something like this in quite a while.

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