From My Sketchbook: TV Heads. PART TWO

So that (Part One) was last year.  This year (meaning 2011 even though we are technically no longer in 2011), images were not  as dutifully labeled.  Where I can put a name to an image, either through recollection or recognition, I have done so.

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You may have noticed that I stopped using a charcoal pencil midway through 2011, as an element in my effort to back off, go  soft, go slow, and lighten up.  Those seductive, dramatic darks in my earlier drawings probably gives them an unfair advantage in any comparison to graphite drawings.

I have a sketch of Harry Pearce from MI-5 in both collections.  I think the likeness is better in the earlier one, but the craftsmanship may be better in the later one–?

MI-5's Harry Pearce


On the other hand, I really admire the curve of his lips in the 2010 version.

I’m pretty happy with this group of four (wish I could have got Brandeis on the same sheet of paper):

Prohibition players (from Ken Burns' "Prohibition" part 2)

But are they really any better than, say, my Art Garfunkel?

Art Garfunkel

I wish I knew enough to be able to say for sure, one way or another.  Truth is, I haven’t a clue.  If doing it today I would have darkened the pupils of his eyes, but is that a significant difference?  Well, even if it is not all that significant, I guess I will take it.  If every year I find a better way to represent one face part, eventually I will get it all together.  Just have to live long enough!

Aline Lotter is currently exhibiting:

at the Gallery at 100 Market Street in Portsmouth; at the Sage Gallery in Manchester; at the Hatfield Gallery in Manchester; at the Bartlett Inn in Bartlett; at the Red Jacket Inn in North Conway; and at her studio by appointment.  And if you happen to eat at the Bedford Village Inn, check out the painting in the foyer.

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7 responses to “From My Sketchbook: TV Heads. PART TWO

  1. Pingback: From My Sketchbook: TV heads. PART ONE | Paintings by Aline

  2. Gosh, great minds think alike! Over the holidays, I was watching movies, and I began to do some quick sketches of figures and faces. You do have to be fast sometimes. I think I’ll keep a sketchbook permanently in the “home theatre” from now on.


  3. Sorry I didn’t have a chance to comment last week. I think the vast majority of these is right on and, yes, definitely better than Garfunkel (because, to be honest, it doesn’t look like him to ME … but we all see things differently).
    I love sketching while watching TV too and try to keep a small sketchbook handy. I’ve got a few from the Merlin series – never thought about MI-5 people … usually watching too closely!