Sunday, 9 January 2011

Pearly whites

In common with last week's attempt at ears and fingers, this Sunday I thought that it might be time to extract teeth from my avoidance repertoire. You may have noticed my portraits tend to remain rather tight lipped about this lack of pearly whites, but now I am at last giving them free speech.

It was an interesting exercise on two counts.

1. It turns out that if you put your mind to something, then it's not actually all that difficult.

2. It's amazing what you can see when you really take the time to look.

and, it turns out that there's a 3 too...

3. Except between typing that last sentence and this I've forgotten what it was. Blame the man sitting next to me. He's playing Call of Duty and all I can hear is a monotony of "enemy spy plane approaching...." "we have their flag..." "we've lost their flag...." (He's wearing his earphones now after a subtle hint from yours truly!). Anyway, where were we? Oh yes, looking for the third point. Ah yes...

3 (again). Teeth are not actually white. With the exception perhaps of Simon Cowell and other visitors to his expensive dentist, teeth are actually a whole variety of creamy shades. Nor are they flat, but rounded and ridged.

I'm sure you all knew this, but it's just that sometimes I still become fixated on what I believe something should look like, rather that what it actually does look like.

Pop along to Sunday Sketches and take a look at what everyone else has 'seen' this week.

32 comments:

  1. Wonderful sketches, Lisa. You are so talented. My mom has really white teeth, naturally. Her dentist always comments on it. She has always used Ultra Brite toothpaste. She has always been a coffee drinker and is a smoker.

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  2. this is so fun to watch your process!

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  3. You have done these teeth beautifully and its not easy to do so fully appreciate your wonderful sketches of mouths akimbo. Annette x

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  4. These are really good.....you've captured everything just perfectly :o)

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  5. hi lisa, these are great and once again you have identified something I avoid too! arms, hands, and now teeth - you are really prodding me to try to stretch myself girl!

    Well you have obviously gotten over your block where teeth are concerned as these are perfectly rendered!

    Hope you are relaxing and enjoying your Sunday!

    Smiles

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  6. Great job with the teeth and excellent strategy to work on your avoidance repertoire!

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  7. Great sketches! Teeth are not easy to do! xo Michele

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  8. you did a great job with the pearly whites.

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  9. Wow....theses are amazing..wish I had pearly whites and lovely lips like those :)

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  10. Very good! I find that I rarely ever draw people with teeth. Avoidance! You did a great job!

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  11. wonderful sketches and you are so inspiring to draw new things!

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  12. Great teeth, the lips are also quite lovely.

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  13. nice. you did a great job on these...definitely a stumbling block for me...

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  14. Great job! Your observations are helpful too!

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  15. I smiled at your "giving them free speech". Hee. The mouth has always been a difficult part of the face for me to draw as well. I think you did a fab job with these. :D

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  16. These are fantastic! I almost always avoid an open mouth if I can help it but you are right it's amazing what you can do when you put your mind to it, I also avoid hands!!! Love these luscious lips!! Great job!

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  17. I love how you're drawing what you have tried to avoid in the past. These look great.

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  18. I may have already commented but think I lost it. Anyhoo I said you did a fantastic job on the teeth and lips. I think you could draw anything you set your mind to.

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  19. Darling, your teeth are sensational! You are just soaring with your drawing Lisa, it is so great to see!

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  20. Wow, some cool sketches on your blogspot, very creative....

    Check out my shoe designing blogspot too? All my designs happen to be hand-drawn also - Keep up the great work and take care....

    Louboutininthemaking.blogspot.com x

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  21. Teeth and lips kill me! Mine always end up looking like chicklets. It really is about knowing what you are seeing. Great job!

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  22. teeeeeeeeeeeeeeth ergggggh.. Dont like showing mine in photos and I dont like drawing them.. gooood for you! I'm impressed!

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  23. Ooh, excellent teeth!! I admire you for tackling such tricky things as teeth, hands and ears. I think those are the big 3 that cause the most difficulty. What could possibly be harder? Suzi Blu will take us over eyes and noses, but notice she's glossed over teeth, hands, and ears. Teehee...I usually just try to hide them if possible!

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  24. oh wow!!! these are some cool mouths!!! with neat lips!!!! nice work Lisa!!!!

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  25. Your sketches are wonderful! Thankyou so much for visiting my little blog..it's always nice to hear from you. Hope you had a wonderful New Year and look forward to seeing what else you are up to this year x

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  26. Awesome....you totally captured them! Love the shadowing on the white teeth with pink.
    xxoo

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  27. these are great sketches. It's always good to challenge yourself and try something you might not be 'naturally' good at.One of these days I will attempt realism drawing

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  28. Great skethces! You sure have mastered the "mouth". I love the colors....Your blog is great. :)

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  29. Lisa,your drawing and painting skills continue to amaze me. What a wonderful depiction of teeth!

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  30. They are good, and drawing mouths in different ways gives your portraits hundreds, thousands more moods and options.

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