The Son of Man must be one of my favourite paintings by René Magritte. As is The Treachery of Images, well known as the pipe image (or is it?). The famous painting that portrays a pipe with the following painted below it: ceci n’est pas une pipe (translated to: this is not a pipe).
So, I guess it’s true what they say: it gets easier. Not by much, mind you, but at least I’m more in the zone second time around and so I expect the margin of error will decrease from one drawing to the next. I definitely had a lot more fun drawing this one. I was more at ease, more focused, was able to forge this special bond with the pencils and the papers so that my hands were more used to holding them and moved more easily across the paper. I suppose a lot of it had to do with the painting as well.
The lines were more clear in this painting, the shapes, the colours all stood out…it was more straightforward. Doesn’t make it that much easier I suppose, because I am still working with top-notch pieces of art here, but I was definitely more pleased with how this one turned out, and the intimidation I felt at the beginning of all this is gone. I am now only working with what I know I can do, with what I know I can deliver – whatever standard that is, I can’t tell you, because I’m my own worst critic.
Of course that being said, it is always good to improve, and to grow and develop those skills you got, which is why I started doing this in the first place. I mean, I went from drawing cartoons to drawing insanely famous paintings. Talk about a leap.
So below are the pictures of the gradual formation of this drawing with the final product at the end:
Again, it is not an accurate depiction but more of an interpretation. The measurements are quite different, the only tool used was a pencil and I did play around with the shading as I saw fit rather than trying to copy Magritte.
Would love to hear what everyone thinks!