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Sketch and photo dump : self-portrait, scales, tractor and more - la brise
nassima
nassima
Nassima
Sat, Apr. 19th, 2008 07:05 pm
Sketch and photo dump : self-portrait, scales, tractor and more

And now for the sketch dump :)

Here's the one from today, a self-portrait in an ethnic mirror.





Done in pen and ink, with one big ink blotch on the eye/nose area that I tried to scratch out, no pencil preparatory outline.

I don't know what kind of ethnic it is, by the way - the mirror was a present. What do you think?
As for the portraying part, well, the ear is strange, the forehead is a bit low and the mouth too small, but my family visited and they recognised me! Yay. And this is my usual concentrated face when I draw/play music/cook/prune olive trees. Franck always think there's something wrong, but the truth is that I look evil when I don't remember to smile! Also, my aunt arrived when I was finishing and wanted to try.


Here she is drawing herself.




Drawing so close to such a small mirror isn't that easy, each eye sees a different angle. It makes for interesting perspective and proportions challenges!


Other sketches behind cuts





Cross hatching is nerve-wracking! Also, I don't think in advance, so of course I drew from right to left and smudged things. Thankfully, the cropped version doesn't show it too much :)

I had the idea of sketching the scales because I used them just before to make bread. I sketched while it was baking, but I needed more time... So the bread crust turned out somewhat charred.

Here are photos, just because :



The dough after the first rise. You can see the bottom part of the scales, too.




After reworking it and adding nuts (I like nuts)




The dough in the moulds. When the second rise was done, the dough inflated past the mould edge, yay!




One of the slightly charred results, already largely eaten. The alveoles are small because I used leaven and not yeast. In summer I sometimes make my own leaven, but in the colder months it often gets an acid taste so for this batch I bought some dried one.




This one is an uninteresting one I did in literally five minutes while waiting for our packages in Ikea. There's not enough waiting time for quality sketching time there!



I was wondering if I'd get the face right, so of course I drew it too big. But it does look like the woman I was sketching, I think.


And this one was done before we left for Millau : Franck on working with his tractor and me, well, lounging in the grass!



The tractor was moving so I didn't get many details. A friend who's job is to repair tractors visited us when I was finishing the shoes (much easier, they didn't move!) and kept on finding things I hadn't drawn/hadn't got right on the tractor. He counselled me to take a photo and work from there! Well, I'll go back to drawing some sort of mechanical thing, maybe.



Hope you liked :)

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nassima
nassima
Nassima
Sun, Apr. 20th, 2008 09:09 pm (UTC)

Aw, thank you so much!

I really feel the same about your posts - I should definitely try to comment more! I loved the sketches of your dog, you caught his personality so well :)

Now you say it could be European, I'm wondering if the horned thing couldn't be an ibex. I know there are a lot in the Apennines and in the French/Italian Alps, so they may also live further to the east?


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leochi
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Leochi
Sat, Apr. 19th, 2008 06:10 pm (UTC)

Such a lovely collection :-)) I love the drawings and the photos too - they are all so evocative and show us a glimpse of your life - but my alltime favourite are your trainers :-)))))


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nassima
nassima
Nassima
Sun, Apr. 20th, 2008 09:05 pm (UTC)

Thank you!

I love my trainers too :) They don't move while I try to draw them!


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nassima
nassima
Nassima
Sun, Apr. 20th, 2008 08:42 pm (UTC)

You know, I'm surprised that the self portrait turned out all right! I hoped that using that mirror would at least distract the viewer from the mess that my face was going to be, and finally it's at least recognisable.

Making bread is fun when you've got time! You get to play with the dough for a long time :)

I'm not really attracted to drawings of mechanical things! There are a lot of bits to put in and in the end you realise that you forgot a crucial element. When I did that painting of Sirius's motorbike long ago, I found references and asked Franck how the bits worked, and in the end I realised that I had only forgotten what holds the bike together (is that called the frame in English?).


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red_squared
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Esinde Nayrall
Sun, Apr. 20th, 2008 12:14 am (UTC)

Those are very impressive "quick" sketches! And I love the detail on your shoes in the last one :)

*huggles*


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nassima
nassima
Nassima
Sun, Apr. 20th, 2008 08:38 pm (UTC)

Thank you!

I'm glad you liked :) The shoes were certainly enjoyable to draw, it felt such a relief the get the time to figure out the details after trying to get that tractor right.


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onehundredmoons
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onehundredmoons
Sun, Apr. 20th, 2008 04:01 am (UTC)

I love the self-portrait. Gorgeous!

Did you know that in the US, it's very rare for people to own and use scales in the kitchen? I'm learning that it's common in Europe, as I read baking recipes that call for solid ingredients in measurements of grams (we use cups, which is technically a fluid measurement, so I'm guessing not quite as precise).


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nassima
nassima
Nassima
Sun, Apr. 20th, 2008 08:34 pm (UTC)

Thank you so much!

Yes, I realised people in the US use cups and teaspoons and so on when I began reading recipes online. I'm always trying to figure how many litres/millilitres a cup translates to. And I've come to understand that New Zealand cups aren't the same as US cups and all of this is so confusing!

But in the end, I realise that I have a lot of recipes that I'm so used to make that I don't weight my ingredients and just estimate the volume I need. I think that if I had to write them down, using fluid measurements would be easier!


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