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Saturday, April 21, 2007

Four Small Drawings (and a combination)

Thursday, April 19, 2007

The Eyes Have It

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Something Different, Day 3 (final)

 'Something Different, Day 3' self-portrait by Julia Kay. Click to view same image larger.Here it is again, one last time. (Click here to see the three stages next to each other.) The changes are mostly at top and bottom - from the filtrum down and from the ears up (mostly just the hair up top). I had to redo the lower right, which I had been perfectly happy with, because some kind of flashing light fuss outside distracted me and my sleeve swiped across and erased it. Well, that's the essential problem of working this way in charcoal - you can get incredible subtly of values but the medium itself is fleeting no matter how much stuff you spray on it - on the sprays change it, too, mostly darkening everything.Detail of 'Something Different, Day 3' self-portrait by Julia Kay. Click to view same image larger.

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Monday, April 16, 2007

Something Different, Day 2

Detail of 'Something Different, Day 2' self-portrait by Julia Kay. Click to view same image larger. Well, it's the same but different... The differences are mostly in the eyes, nose and brow but there was a little tweaking here and there in other places, too. Tomorrow: can I do something about that hair? I put it in quite enthusiastically with a darker, harder, compressed charcoal that will not be so easy to push about. Detail of 'Something Different, Day 2' self-portrait by Julia Kay. Click to view same image larger.

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Sunday, April 15, 2007

And Now For Something Completely Different...

'And Now For Something Completely Different...' charcoal self-portrait by Julia Kay. Click to view same image larger. Well, it's been a marvelous month of magic markers and quick draws, but I thought I'd take a break from the fast stroke and strong color and do some slower, more deliberate work in the grey/browns of charcoal. This was at least partly inspired by some ~25 year old drawings I've re-disovered while working (slowly) on getting the archives loaded on here. My plan was to keep working on the same drawing over the course of a week (posting each day's changes here), but now that I've started, I don't think it will take that long. I may just leave it, or may work on it for another day or two but I don't think it will take 7 days. Still, I like this change of pace and I think I will stick to charcoal, one way or another, for this week. Detail of 'And Now For Something Completely Different...' self-portrait by Julia Kay. Click to view same image larger.

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Tuesday, October 21, 1986

Are You Listening?

Tuesday, February 15, 1983

Shadow Self

Sunday, October 18, 1981

On My Own One Autumn

On My Own One Autumn' self-portrait by Julia Kay. Click to view same image larger. Not only was I nice enough to date this, I know I spent the whole day wandering around and drawing while visiting a friend in Binghampton, NY. I clearly remember some of the drawings of old buildings I made that same day, but I don't know if I did this before heading out or after I got back. The amazing thing is remembering how adamant I was about integrating drawing/artmaking into my life on a daily basis, sort of like this project, but not so specific.Detail of 'On My Own One Autumn' self-portrait by Julia Kay. Click to view same image larger.

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