|You Have Any Froot Loops? Graphite, 6 x 8",TMDD Series|
This kid was over for breakfast a few years back. She didn't like Oatmeal. She didn't like Fiber One. She wanted Froot Loops. In the thirtysome years since my boys ate their last bowl, the cereal had gone to dust. She settled for ice cream on waffles. What nana could say no?
Before sitting down to sketch the kid this morning, I saw a wonderful video on FB. It awed me--and at the same time, discouraged. This portrait artist could wield a brush. He is Chinese. Instead of taking a class in manually operating a digital camera this spring or finishing my grisaille, I think I'd like to learn to write Chinese. It's their alphabet, beautifully printed with a brush since an early age, that makes them maestros. Watch Yuehua He's phenomenal, time lapse portrait video Note how he handles his brush. Note his palette. It's limited to earth tones. I was sadder than ever that I don't have the time it would take to achieve such a high level of skill. That's what you get for saving the best for last.