Look into my eyes…

Today I attempted the next drawing assignment in Bert Dodson’s Keys to Drawing – to “make a drawing of your own eyes as they are reflected in a mirror” and keeping your head turned to a three quarter view, rather than frontways on.

I found this exercise incredibly difficult – partly through straining to see in the mirror (I chickened out of trying to draw my glasses!), partly through struggling to reconcile what I actually saw with what I thought my eyes should look like and yes, partly because I was distracted by the depressing reality of the dark shadows under my eyes!

eyes

I am not sure my eyes always look quite so sad 😦

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26 thoughts on “Look into my eyes…

  1. what a profound exercise…the eyes have so much to tell us

  2. debbieyare says:

    I’ve not heard of Bert Dodson but will definitely look him up. Did you read Betty Edward’s Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. An excellent book, mostly as she teaches you to really see. If that makes sense? Lovely drawing by the way πŸ™‚

  3. Alex Tan says:

    nice sketch! great attempt

  4. Ben Naga says:

    They look a little startled to me rather than sad …

  5. Mary Walker says:

    This sounds difficult but you did a great drawing. The art linkup is posted for this week every Wednesday. I hope you’ll stop by and share again with us.

  6. I’m going to have to check out this book! I think your drawing is great!

  7. bhberman says:

    I like! I think you did a great job.

  8. Eye think I like it!
    In fact eye know eye like it…(it’s getting a bit much now isn’t it?).
    Really though, it is a hard thing to do but you made it look easy Viv.
    Yes, I love it!
    Stew.

  9. Joan says:

    I have that book right next to my chair. HaSve I tried any of the exercises yet? No. Chicken to start. Also have Cathy Johnson’s book, Sketching and Drawing…haven’t tried to do anything from that one either. I’m so reluctant to attempt to draw, yet I have things I’ve drawn that I love. Weird? Oh yeah.

  10. cathy holtom says:

    Well done, your eyes have expression and character!

  11. Andria says:

    This sounds like a tough exercise. I think with drawing the hard thing is ALWAYS drawing what we actually see as opposed to what we are trained to see, or perhaps are hoping to see. I think your eyes are lovely!

  12. Mari says:

    Thats a great exercise, its a bit daunting but you sure have a great first drawing of it (well done) and soon you can draw your glasses on there too : )

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