I based this drawing on one from a “how to draw” book, changing it enough (I hope) that perhaps even the original artist would not recognize it. My aim was to get back into the habit of drawing faces, also to do them quickly, and to use whatever means are lying around. Perhaps I’ll get back into the habit of asking people to let me draw them — and overcome my shyness! perhaps we can create an “a-day” motivator for that too! — un-shy-thing-a-day that I did today — any takers? Any reticient types out there ready to join me?
My thinking is that the more I’m able to compose a face quickly, perhaps I won’t even have to ask people. Maybe I’ll just transform into a camera. The second virtue in using other artists’ drawings and transforming them is that you gain experience in innovation. You are using a thing, but changing the thing too. And the use doesn’t really quite count (as innovation) unless you change it a lot. And yet it doesn’t count as “copying” unless it’s reasonably faithful to the original. (Jazz musicians will understand what I mean.)
Was also thinking I might find a husband for Renoir’s sweet looking young woman. But neither of these will do. One’s too old, the other’s way too serious.