Monday, 8 October 2007

EDM #79 - Draw an ear

Another EDM challenge for today. I drew my son's ear while he was watching TV and, again, I perched myself in front of a mirror to draw mine. You may notice some scarring on my ear...the highlighted part in the mid-section of my ear which is actually a raised ridge. I received this battlewound when, as a young child, I absentmindedly ran in front of a child on a swing in full motion. The swing clipped my ear and split it open. My parents took me to the nearest hospital where I received numerous stitches to repair the damage. I can still remember it clearly.
Graphite in A5 sketchbook - © Serena Lewis
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24 comments:

  1. Very beautiful work. Either your son was simply riveted with whatever he was watching, or you are really good at making quite detailed drawings of moving targets. Now there's a skill I would love to acquire! ;-)

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  2. Thanks, Brian! It was quite difficult trying to draw my eight year old son's ear. He's ADHD and can't sit still so I had to keep adjusting his head back to the perspective angle I was drawing from. lol

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  3. Beautiful ears - such delicate and detailed pencil work, right down to the studs in your ears. Really lovely.

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  4. These are great drawings-the values and detail in your son's ear are excellent. Your ear looks good, and your drawing of it looks good too- scar or no scar :) You did a great job on the earrings.

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  5. great pencil work Serena! well done

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  6. Wow, great job on these ears. I find them so difficult but with the right shading, well, you did great.

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  7. Wow, great drawings and an interesting story to go with it!

    That must have really hurt.

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  8. Thank you, everyone! :)

    Jessica, I don't recall feeling much pain after an initial stinging feeling and I do remember my ear feeling very hot all over. That didn't stop me from screaming the place down during the surgical procedure where I was just given a local anaesthetic and I still remember the attending nurses saying I had a good set of lungs. I was a very scared little girl just wanting them to leave my ear alone. lol

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  9. I'm only guessing; but-judging from your picture-I surmise that you don't 'reveal' these scars to just anyone. I feel privileged that you shared these remnants of your pain...however old.
    As to the execution of the pencil work: painless!

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  10. VERY beautiful drawings! you have very highly developed skills of observation. I like your blog and your goal of helping animals. I've got a big soft spot in my heart for animal welfare too....you've got me thinking about dong something similar.

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  11. Your attention to detail is amazing!

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  12. Great job Serena. I love to do a portrait from time to time as I think it teaches one form better than anything. Nicely done.

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  13. Thank you, Rah, for your thoughtful and kind words. Funnily enough, the side of my hair that I usually do pin back is the side with the scarred ear, however, I always leave loose strands of hair falling in front of my ear but I don't think I do that to intentionally. Thankfully, most people don't notice the scarring as it's one of those scars that feels more ugly than it looks. I like to think that anyways. :)

    Thank you, Bec, and I think it would be great if you did something similar re. animal welfare on your blog. The more people out there drawing attention to plight of animals can only be seen a plus for the animals. :)

    Thanks, Lynn ~ :)

    Thanks, Boyd! I have to say that since I joined the EDM group, it havs given me incentive to draw regularly, and I can see a definite improvement in how I 'see' and render the subject. :)

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  14. Another great drawing, Serena. These EDM challenges are a great idea.
    Great to be home :)
    cheers, Maria

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  15. GREAT to see you're back, Maria!! Thanks for taking the time to pop over to my blog.....I must visit your blog to read all about your trip. :)

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  16. These are wonderful. I wish mine looked that good. Mine are always half circles... :)

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  17. Thanks, Kim! Btw, I checked out your blog and it's awesome! :)

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  18. Wonderful sketches of ears...ouch, in front of a swing...I can understand the scars!
    I am looking forward to your beachscape too, I think its going to be beautiful.
    ronell

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  19. Very nicely done. I love the ear-rings.

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  20. Lovely ears. I love your detail work.

    Becky

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  21. I aspire to be able to draw as realistically as you can! Thanks for sharing your painful ear story. :) I think you have such talent!!
    Always, Rita

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  22. Thank you Ronell, Witness, Becky and Rita. I appreciate your comments so much. :)

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  23. These are really beautifully done.

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