Monday, March 12, 2007

Another work week

I received a call from my boss. My hours were changed. I don't mind. I don't have to be there until 11 as opposed to 9. Gives me more time to get around. But I work part of 4 days this week instead of 3. I kind of liked the 3 days and then 4 off.
I bought some more sketching props Friday. One was a shell. Several times in the scavenger hunts one of the items was a shell. I had one that was the base of a figure of a Mexican man that was a pipe. A gift from a neighbor. I don't even want to think what the pipe was for.
I did an art card of the shell. I like the way it turned out. But I also want to do it again and make the shell look more 3D. The part that spirals needs to be raised up and towards me as I look at it. I think I will ask KatherineT to take a look and see what I should do to make it spiral forward.
I turned the shell different directions and wouldn't have trouble with the look of it except on that heads-on view.

1 comment:

Katherine said...

Hi Jeanne. I'm having a bit of difficulty seeing your shell as it has come out very small on my screen - maybe you intended it to be bigger?

Anyway, in response to your request - shells can be difficult to draw and I'm not surprised you're finding that view a bit of a challenge and I'm not sure how much help I'll be!

One of the things you could do is change the space between the lines which are 90 degrees to the whirl lines. I always think of these as being like the growth lines in a tree trunk. Anyway, if you have wider spacing on the outside of the spiral - and gradually reduce as you go round the spiral to the centre that should make it appear spiral-like and might even make it more cone-like.

Another way would be to use shading on the edge of the spiral lines - shading the edge below as if the next bit up had some sort of overhang. But that really only applies to some sorts of shells.

Hope this helps