Artist: Pieter Lategan
Title: Study 1 Face Man
Medium: Mondi Rotatrim Paper 80gsm, B Pencil Wood
Dimensions: 210 X 297 mm / 8.27 X 11.69 inches
Style: Reilly Method
Art Subject: Portrait
Place of Origin: Pretoria, South Africa
I draw this evening just a face, a normal plain sketch which I got from Pinterest. It is simple, it is a line sketch without shading nothing extra, just a face. It does not even look exactly like the image which I got from the internet, but it was just to draw something tonight. Now you ask yourself what do I mean? I need self-confidence because I really do struggle at times. The question is, is my heart in this, or just my mind? The other question is, why do I want to draw faces?
Throughout these years, I just draw and paint what I feel, I am not talking about my work as a medalist or a graphic designer. What I mean by that is what I did when I studied and when I did sketches and painting on my own. It never felt for me that my artworks are working and are sellable. That is why I ask myself is my heart in to portrait sketches? I must say I don’t really believe it. What I know is that this year that was passing I learned so much about faces, figures, eyes, noses, mouths, and ears. That it becomes for me a passion that I learned to have. I started to develop an interest.
When you do something or if you want to do something, you not always sure if you are going to do the right thing. To know if you are going to make a success of the work is to learn and to learn and to fall in love with your work. I think this happens now with me and I can’t leave my work alone. My dream is to draw or paint the perfect line for a face sketch or a painting.
I started this blog/website last year in November 2019 and it was such a wonderful journey for me. If I think back it was hard work, it was frustration, it was asking myself can I draw? Will I make a success? Everyone wants to be a success and I think that everyone needs to experience the feeling of success. Also to be happy and thankful for what we have and can do and able to learn.
A lot of things in my life is their gaps, and not to have children, a family or mother and father in law, cats, dogs make life empty. But this empty space which I live in creates for me a place which became positive and I was able to start doing my work as an artist. This empty space gave me the motivation to fill it with something, it was anything, sorrow, happiness, hate, love, everything that I am today. In this empty space, I find things that made my life full and gave me opportunities to do things that other people could not do.
You don’t have to be hard on yourself it is ok, I only draw tonight a line face sketch which I got from the internet…