Sunday, September 03, 2006

time well spent


Raggedy Ann
Originally uploaded by Opiliones.

A long time ago in a bedroom far, far away, I spent the summer of my 17th year working on a drawing of my beloved Raggedy Ann. I propped her up in a chair facing my window and, for a couple of hours most every afternoon, sprawled out on my burnt orange carpet and carefully recorded with my No. 2 pencil every flower on her dress, the lace on her bloomers and grain of wood on her chair. I was so absorbed in my study, the shifting light was my only indication that time had passed.

Drawing is one of the few ways I truly find myself lost in the moment. Many of my design classmates look at rendering as a chore and often comment on how much effort I put into my work. What they don’t understand is that I actually enjoy that part of the process. While I can’t take the time to detail to the extent that I did with my old Raggedy Ann, I always try to spend enough to do a respectably thorough job. Seeing my design vision come to life in a perspective drawing is what finally brings it all together for me.

And rendering with markers takes me back to being a kid with my well-worn box of crayons (btw, the mixed bag banner pic is my box of 48 from the 4th grade). What’s not to love about that?

3 Comments:

Blogger suzanne said...

I'm completely there with you...drawing is a great way to lose yourself. BTW, what are you studying? I'm in school for interior architecture, so I can relate to the remarks of classmates and the thrill of markers.

4:07 PM  
Blogger heather lorin said...

Suzanne I'm studying interior design. I've been wondering if you were doing the same or something similar. No wonder I relate to so many things on your blog :)

8:25 AM  
Anonymous B.P. said...

Heather, It's Beth. I had no idea that you were so artistic. You have such an incredible talent. I so hope you move back to the hood so I can gain inspiration from you! I'm blown away. Love, B.

8:25 AM  

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