The other day I whining about how little progress I thought I had made over the last couple of years. I’d been sick with a cold and generally whinging about everything I could think of. Last night, since I felt better I got out my sketchbook to do more practice drew this drawing of actor Martin Freeman. I remembered that I had done a drawing of Freeman in 2008 posted it here on the blog. Wow, what a difference. When I look back at that post, I realize that I have made progress with my drawing.
I tend to forget that with every drawing we make, there is progress. So I plan to fill more sketchbook pages and not worry about progressing with drawing. I’ve had enough experience to know that if I just keep going there will be bad drawings, but there will also be some good ones and eventually the good ones will get even bettter.
A few weeks ago I stumbled upon the old BBC television show “The Office”. I’m always watching these old television shows way after they’ve been off the air and nobody else cares.
The DVDs were at the library and I figured why not give it a try. The first episode put me in a state of shock, but I had to keep watching. Often I found myself yelling at the characters, “PLEASE STOP TALKING! OH PLEASE, UNNGUH! oh please stop,” and then hiding my face behind a pillow. I made my husband watch it with me because I was afraid to watch alone.
I love this train wreck of a show. We’ve watched the complete series (mercifully short , only two seasons and a special/finale) more than once. I see bits of myself in practically every character (which totally makes me squirm). I can’t say I’ve ever watched anything that moved me to equal measures of hostility and ultimately compassion.
The actors are great. They have such wonderful faces that I had to draw them. Here are two drawings that turned out. The drawing above is Mackenzie Crook as Gareth Keenan: team leader and survivalist. The drawing to the left is Martin Freeman as Tim Canterbury, sales clerk and classic underachiever.
The drawing was a fun exercise. There was lots of messy, ugly pencilling and then a 005 Micron marker and cool gray Copic markers. I just can’t do ink washes. I can’t even try. I just won’t.
I like the clean look of these. But I think that’s because I know what the messy pencilling looked like before I erased it.
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