My neighbour, Madame Pellerin, died today, or maybe yesterday. I learned this today from my neighbour Mme. Goudreau. Madame Pellerin had been living in the apartment to the lower right of me in this triplex, and was there when I moved in, in 1991. More recently I would do little chores for her, like shovelling the steps or putting in storm windows. She lived by herself, though she was taken care of by her two sons, who visited often. Sadly, she took ill before Christmas, and the holiday decorations in her windows ended up never being lit.
Though she was very slow in her older age, and walked with her quad cane, as in the drawing up above, she was independent, and lived life on her own terms up to the end. So, I hope she had a happy life.
I had done a sketch of her years ago, when she used to sit in her outdoor rocking chair during the summer, along with a friend, and watch the passing scene as I did from my balcony up above. I wanted to post that as a memorial, but couldn’t find it in my sketchbooks, or my flickr.com queue. So I did a new drawing this afternoon from memory. However this shows her a little more enfeebled, more like she had been recently. It’s my first drawing dated 2015.
I drew this after watching a few Youtube videos about the “Andrew Loomis” method of drawing faces. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9BevsH0jOMA This method was actually a revelation to me when I first discovered it years ago, because I’d inherited a few Loomis books from an artist uncle. But am rarely able to get it to work. Just winging a portrait seems to work best for me, though there is a lot of erasing involved.
Anyhow I watched 4 videos of a guy copying a face from one of these books, and from the little bits of the side of his head that got into the video, came up with this character.
Then, leaving the sketchbook open, Nora came and sharpened her claws on the paper I’d just drawn on. A few of those claw marks show up on the “drawing board,” even though I put in some computer colouring over the whole picture, just for fun.
Most of the time, I watch “speed painting,” which is a person painting, but usually sped up to up to five times the speed, because watching someone paint is usually boring. Still, that’s interesting, but even not sped up, I’m faster than the Andrew Loomis method guy.
I want one of his neat pencil stub holders.