Brindis de año nuevo by tuerda ()
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The title means "new year's toast". The glass is empty because I don't drink.
This is pretty much squarely in the middle of my comfort zone, and it isn't very creative either. I will try to be more ambitious next time.
Image Comments (7)
Greywolf44 () 1:00AM | Mon, 06 January 2020
Basically one of my college art teachers once told me in not so many words, "just sit down and draw." We learn so much from just doing something over and over. Even simple subject matter can be of great benefit to our well rounded training. I do not mean to suggest that this image is either simple or easy, but I think you understand what I mean. Your technique is so different than mine and yet we are graphite freaks under the skin, we pencil pushers (LOL). keep on what you are doing and things will only get better!
tuerda () 3:32PM | Mon, 06 January 2020
Thank you for the positive feedback. @Greywolf44 although was not simple or easy, it was very familiar. When drawing it I had a sense of "yup, another foreshortened hand pose and another transparent object. I got this."
Black () 5:11PM | Tue, 14 January 2020
From how the values are balanced out and with your rendition of the top rim: when I squint I can sort of imagine it to be a sort of elastic glass... Well worked on with almost no visible research lines! I personally don't think I am able to do glass's bottle's or similar objects without planting a series of construction lines to reference from. Very well done friend!
Oh I made plenty of construction lines; they just are not visible by the time I am done. I believe the overall shape of this glass was indeed the hardest thing to do, and also probably the part that came out worst. I am reasonably satisfied with the result though.
anahata.c () 3:54PM | Sat, 18 January 2020
You seem to know a good deal of art through the centuries (judging from your in depth comments, and even some of the descriptions of your own work). So I imagine you've seen many, many drawings and paintings of objects or people that were skewed, from the realistic perspective...whose lines were 'off', or whose shapes or colors seemed distorted etc, even though the art was aiming for realism. (In the 19th C. alone, Van Gogh, Cezanne's people especially, Manet, etc etc.) From your responses to this piece, it sounds like you wanted to do a more realistic glass than you created, and maybe a more realistic hand. And I appreciate your urge to do better, to transcend, and not turn out something you're only "reasonably satisfied" with. (It shows that you are forever seeking your best, to which I bow.) But for me, the strange angle of the glass-rim, the subtle distortions of the hand, etc, make this an emotionally charged drawing, even though it feels awkward. In fact, I like that it feels awkward, as if there's some battle going on between the hand and the glass. It's got tension and discomfort, and I don't know that that's a bad thing. Maybe you're simply so adept that you can create a work with discomfort and be powerful and expressive at the same time. For me, this feels like a visceral "grappling" with your subject; that, in the glass and the hand, there is a conflict, a visceral twisting of some kind. If I had your skills (I don't, in visual art, not by a longshot), I might have added more space or light in the hand, just for contrast. But I say that as one who doesn't draw this well. But if I were giving this a title, it would convey more conflict in it, and less of a 'toast'. If seen from the p.o.v. of conflict, this becomes a vital portrait of something visceral, w/ struggle, which you just happened to convey with a hand and glass...It's powerful to me. Even the thick 'stump'-like fingers give it a visual punch. And the angle of the rim, for me, gives some balance to the downward pull of the hand. In a phrase, this has real impact.
What an enjoyable comment! I certainly did intend this mostly as a technical study aiming for realism. Most of my work is not that, but this one is. I have a real fascination with hands, and I like the effect of looking at it through the glass, with some slight magnification and distortion effects which I was trying to capture just so. I did not see or intend what you see in it, but I also do not believe that art has only the meaning intended by the artist, and I am glad you are enjoying it in unintended ways too.