Friday, March 1, 2013
New Eyes: Three Red Chairs
The perspective is out of whack in each of these three drawings of the little red IKEA chair. But there is still a childlike charm conveyed in this page from my sketchbook. I tried a technique of painting first and drawing second. The color is Winsor red, an artist's color by Winsor and Newton.
I used fine black drawing pens by Staedtler (0.5mm, center and right) and Pigma Micron(.25mm, left.) Notice that I totally forgot the center back of the chair when I painted and that I painted a dowel rung between the two front legs when in fact the rungs are along the sides of the chair.
The wonderful side effect of learning how to draw is that you develop new eyes. You see things in a different way and you really have to look carefully to depict what you see.The three chairs illustrate my somewhat out of kilter sense of perspective. The new eyes take some time to develop.
But, as you can see from the above pencil sketch, after drawing the chair over and over, I think that I'm finally getting the hang of it.
Wanda Hayes Eichler