So, this was another straightforward piece to draw for me. I’m not going to go into details of the process, I don’t want to sound redundant. I was actually going to wait on this one and post it with my next drawing, but like I said in my first post, sometimes life just happens, and I’ve suddenly found myself caught up with a few things and haven’t had time to start a new sketch.
However, I am definitely still going through with this, although the updates might not be as regular.
So on to the painting. Roy Lichtenstein’s style of work is quite unique in that he is a pop artist, and he is heavily influenced by the comic book style. People usually think that these are easier to draw, because the features are big and all the lines are very clear. However, I find them much trickier to draw because any mistake or inaccuracy is a lot more visible with these kinds of drawings.
That being said, I enjoyed this sketch the most so far. Only, my hand was aching by the time I was done with it. I also fought a lot with the idea of whether to stay true to Lichtenstein’s version and add the dots or omit them. I actually left the drawing for a couple of days while I thought it through, and asked several people’s opinions. Finally, I decided to go for it. I guess a huge part of it was I felt if I had added the dots it would ruin the overall picture, because again, I am only using a pencil (as opposed to the blue), and also I did not think I could replicate them in a way that would look as good as they do in the actual painting.
Once I went for it, I stopped at her face. This is where artists and writers struggle, I think. We get attached to our work, and this is why we bring in third parties to critique us. And that is what happened with me, I got a bit attached to my work, especially her face. For whatever reason, I loved her face and did not want to blemish it with all these dots.
I went back and forth with this…until I finally made my decision:
I do have another Lichtenstein painting to draw, probably should have merged the two. However, I’m also going with the flow here. Whichever painting I feel like drawing, I pick up and go for it. So I can’t begin to tell you what’s coming next, we’ll just have to wait and see.