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It was a good weekend

I even got Mother's Day flowers!

my mothers day roses with painting supplies

You can see my sister's paints around the edges of the picture. I found myself in Chicago before I realized Sketchfest was happening.

I'm left with the question: Why are sea monsters easier to paint than people???

Now I'd better pay some bills and then maybe I'll have time to scan some paintings.


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May. 15th, 2013 11:08 am (UTC)
I would guess that there are no sea monsters for comparison,
so if you haven't quite got the sea monster right,
who would know?
May. 20th, 2013 08:27 pm (UTC)
My co-creators know, and are picky!
May. 15th, 2013 04:29 pm (UTC)
Happy Belated Mother's Day.
May. 16th, 2013 02:52 am (UTC)
Thank you!
May. 15th, 2013 05:13 pm (UTC)
Why are sea monsters easier to paint than people...a question for the Ages!

Gorgeous flowers, and belated Happy Mother's Day!
May. 22nd, 2013 12:22 am (UTC)
Thank you!
May. 16th, 2013 03:40 am (UTC)
Happy belated mother's day!


Sea monsters never look at the picture and then say,

"That is not my nose - not even before I broke it! Nobody in my family ever had a nose like that! My scales aren't that shade either. Have you ever thought about switching to photography?"

Edited at 2013-05-16 03:42 am (UTC)
May. 22nd, 2013 12:29 am (UTC)
Thank you.

I'll have to write something where a sea monster does say something like that!
May. 16th, 2013 11:02 am (UTC)
Sea monsters are easier to paint than people because the human eye is *very* sensitive to subtle differences between human faces. Our ability to thrive as social animals depended on being able to 1) tell the difference between individuals quickly and easily and to tell the difference between an individual who was content and one who was grumpy.

We had no need to identify sea monster individuals, so the lines can vary more without spoiling the drawing for the viewer.
May. 22nd, 2013 12:28 am (UTC)
Actually, I suspect it's because my brain doesn't think it knows so much about sea monsters, and it has the delusion that it knows a lot about human faces. It's probably wrong on both counts, of course.
May. 20th, 2013 04:14 am (UTC)
These are beautiful flowers! Gorgeous colorings. I'm glad it was a great weekend. I hope your Mother's Day was wonderful and full of love and appreciation.

I think sea monsters are easier to draw because there is a lot of variety that can go into a sea monster--any colour, noses in any place and of any type, same with mouths and ears. You can have fins or claws or tentacles or anything. But people are harder I think because there is an overall set figure: eyes/nose/mouth in one place, fairly limited palette (you can't do a realistic purple human). There are also a lot of humans for reference so your Critical Self says "that isn't right--that is the wrong shape--wrong placement" etc.

May. 20th, 2013 04:20 am (UTC)
I'm delighted with the roses! They're only now starting to show their age, but are still quite pretty enough to enjoy.

If I was drawing any old sea monsters, I'd agree, but I'm drawing Torn World sea monsters, where I have to match canon, so I can't be randomly creative.
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