May 10th 2001
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Hi all,

This week is the finished version of Paul McCartney. I brought it to my neighbor
and I asked him point blank "who is this?" And he said without flinching "Oh,  I
know just who that is, that's Paul McCartney". Brought it to my other neighbor,
same thing, "That's that Beatles guy - Paul, Paul Mc, McCartney". Showed it to
one of the neighbor's kids and he just shrugged his shoulders. "Snoop Dogg".
Then took off on his skateboard.

I was a little dumbfounded - happy, but dumbfounded. This drawing quite frankly
isn't working for me, but it passed the litmus test - someone, out of the
blue could recognize it. Maybe I'm just getting hypercritical in my old age :-) .

Now I could go back and redraw and redraw and I know I'd nail the look, but I
put on a timer (20 minutes this time) and I stick pretty close to it. By answering
the timer I don't give myself a million and one excuses to delay drawing. (It's
been pretty busy around here.) And I'm learning all over again to just accept what
comes out. I've said this before many times: rarely does a drawing (or painting,
or a song for that matter), come out the way you planned it would. But the trick
is to just be open to what happens and move on. You can always take a break,
go back, and take as many stabs at it as you like.

Where I see problems in this drawing

Where I do think this drawing lost it's resemblance ? The first place is the eyes -
when you draw from a drawing, things that are slightly off in the drawing may
get a little more off in the successive drawing. After I drew it I pulled out the
original photograph and realized Paul's upper lids droop just a little over his
eyes. The  upper lids in the final arch just a little too high. (Isn't it amazing
how such a minuscule adjustment can change the overall look?)

The remedy? Cover a little more of the iris (the round colored part that's
around the pupil). Slant the upper lids down at a steeper angle from their high-
est part and make the highest part of the lid at a point closer to the nose.
Over all I like the eyes  though - they're fairly realistic.

By Arching the eyelids too high, I over arched the eyebrows too making him
look younger and more feminine than he is.

The nose works - it's largely unchanged.

The mouth: I tried narrowing it some from last issues' version. There's a re-
semblance but the smaller tongue takes a away little  from the overall jubilant
expression (you have to look into the picture to see this). I think I could have
gotten mean about the teeth and the results would have been pretty hilarious, but
I didn't do that.

The last major change was lengthening and narrowing the chin and jaw. I'm not
sure if that's the look I wanted - but I was experimenting, and that's always a
healthy thing in drawing.

The overall shape of the head has been left unchanged as was the shape of the
hair - except I gave him BIG hair (and  then I got lazy and said "who wants to
cross-hatch all THAT?" - the original is a full foot tall.)

So, there it is folks. See you can even learn  a thing or two when you don't have
a "total" success. Dive on in, don't be afraid and ...

Keep on drawing!


Jeff K.

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Jeffrey O. Kasbohm
Executive Director

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