La la la Lion ::


I have been having some issues with these letters.  I have made a bunch in advance of how many I have posted, such that now I want to go back and revisit some of the "older" letters.  For instance, the first few were simple little things I did in less than 5 minutes while painting with the kids.

Later versions I was trying to get more accuracy... but here's the thing: I do not like perfectly accurate drawings.  Don't get me wrong, I think they are impressive and can be quite beautiful.  But they simply do not resonate with me.

I checked a book out from the library a few months ago about drawing that helped me to hone in on this issue.  It described learning to draw as a transition from symbolic to accurate representations.  And the whole book was about increasing accuracy.  I would read through it page by page and become increasingly irritated at the snobbishness of the author.  How the whole idea was to eliminate the symbolic remnants of the drawing style.  When the whole time I am crying out inside, but I like those!

So if this is making any sense, the whole point is that I am trying to walk a line between recognizable accuracy and symbolism - so that I can make the image more fun, more lovable, more me somehow.

And I have to go back to A.  That alligator just doesn't cut it for me.  Maybe an anteater instead....


  1. emery_rose said...I love this one. The lion is always one of my favorites, and this one is really great. Even though I know female lions don't have manes... this one somehow reminds me of a sort of mother goddess lion. I think it's something about the way the arms look almost like a Venus of Willendorf figurine. I agree that it's much more powerful with the artists symbolism left in.

  2. I am drawing a blank on Venus of willendorf so I will have to check that out. I'm glad you like the lion. Maybe it looks like a girl because I was thinking about being a Leo when I drew it!

    Thanks Emery!

  3. Em: I get it now! Just needs some massive breasts!


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