Monday, May 11, 2009

The harper began to sing...

“The harper began to sing. His deep voice was fine and sweet, eloquently expressing his intent. He sang of the bitterness of defeat and the gut-wrenching carnage of war. He sang of boys...”

Every month James Gurney, the creator of Dinotopia, chooses a short quotation from a book and invites people to illustrate it (look for Art by Committee in his blog). I regularly visit Mr Gurney' blog, as it's full of beautiful art and interesting notes.

As to my image, it has been made in a "free mind attitude", and it shows. Sometimes I allow myself to freely draw what comes to my mind, the result is clearly rather messy in composition, proportion and perspective (and possibly anatomy, too), but often more interesting than a "planned" drawing - and it can be the starting point for more accurate works, too.

Comments and critics are welcome.


  1. Great work. Are the figures from life, memory or reference?

    It looks like you started a blog just to post this, but you must have much more experience than just a single blog entry would suggest :-)

    Anyway it makes me want to do the same (start a blog) for the June Art Committee entry.

    Keep up the good work.

  2. Hi Jared, thank you for your kind comment.
    The figures are basically from memory, with some help from pictures (the pose of the harpist, mostly).
    In fact this was my first post, the ABC "contest" was a good opportunity to overcome laziness and start my blog, so I suggest that you do the same next month ;)
    And yes, I've been drawing and painting for some years now...