Thursday, November 17, 2011

Sketching boys at play

Besides eating, I have also spent some time in my sketchbook over the last couple of days. I've been trying to draw children playing.
Sometimes I like to try this 'from memory' but I find that then my drawings become very stereotypical. There really is no substitute for referring back to your subject matter and drawing what you see. Because the boys were in bed, I referred to my photo collection and found these...I love noting the various angles of the head, wrists and ankles, and the tongues sticking out......the fingers working to place the trains just so, and the position of the knees, chest and bottom working together for balance......all working together to create an infinite number of poses depending on the activity of the moment.Now wasn't that a sneaky way to include way too many pics of these gorgeous boys (and their daddy) in a post about sketching! Have a good day...

5 comments:

Cathy said...

Hi Ruth. I have been following your blog for a long time but now we have moved to Busselton (from Canada) thought i should finally subscribe and comment :)
You have amazing talent and it's so good to see you be able to put it to use and keep it alive. God's not only given you great talent but also the strength and skills to balance your hobbies and family life. Your blogs about how you manage your time are very helpful too. I love reading and seeing what you all do, it's very inspirational.

Ruth said...

Hi Cathy, thanks for your encouraging feedback! I hope they are all treating you well down there!

Gerrit said...

How about some drawings with Dad playing with "his" railway?
Or more importantly try to show the interaction and importance of Dad joining in with the kids.

Ruth said...

You're absolutely right, Mr 't Hart. Actually, the quilt I started this week (see Wednesday's post) shows children in the context of parents and grandparents, and sort of makes the point that we can only have a strong and healthy society if we have strong and healthy families...
But I would definitely like to explore parenthood further in my quilts.We do already have 'grandad' reading to the kids in one of the quilts :)...

Ali said...

Beautiful sketches Ruth and love the movement and intensity of concentration they convey. Ali