Post modern Egyptian ink drawing in San Francisco
I saw an art history special recently which stated that the basic style of ancient Egyptian art did not change for 3,000 years. They created a grid under their paintings and each body part was assigned a certain number of squares in the grid, which is one of the reasons they all came out looking so similar.
The Egyptians painted people so that their favorite angles of the body showed at one time: the face in profile, the upper torso face on, the legs facing to the side. No real person could actually pose like these pictures. So I decided to draw my own favorite drawing angles…the face and chest to the front, the butt to the front (yes, those big circles are buttocks) and the legs to the side. It’s freeing to put the body parts at a personal preference angle; like wearing whatever clothes your hand grabs from the closet rather than matching them together for an outfit. There are about 10 drawings in my sketchbook which tend to make me believe this method doesn’t always create an aesthetically pleasing final product. This was definitely the best of the bunch. I have been told that the aesthetics of many of my clothing choices follow this same pattern.