After more than half a year, and a lot of procrastination, my coloured pencil drawing of an Asian girl snapping a photograph of an Austin-Healey at a classic car display on Peel street in Montreal in June 2001 (during Canadian Grand Prix of Formula One weekend) is finally finished.
It is a drawing, based on <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/steve-brandon/1424... photo</a>, that is, at the same time, both of the Austin-Healey car, and of the act of photography… ooh, it’s like two drawings in one. And I like that there’s the metaphorical "glass slipper" that is the photograph that the Asian girl took that could identify whomever’s back it was that I drew, if I was ever to find it.
I started this picture way back in September, worked on it off and on until about December, procrastinated, and didn’t really make a serious attempt to finish it until the past week (mid-May 2006).
What caused the procrastination in the start was some of the smaller details on the Austin-Healey’s grille. I just got frustrated and quit (getting a Playstation 2 helped to distract me from finishing it). I eventually decided to just try and approximate what I see to the best of my ability and not worry about it being perfect, perfect, perfection.
The Peugeot 505 in the background doesn’t look too real, but I kind of like that it turned out to be almost like a caricature of what pretty much all Peugeots from the past two decades look like to me.
It’s not quite photorealistic, but I think it’s the closest I’ve come yet to photorealism, and I consider it a step above my London drawings. The perspective is a little dodgy, but I think I had the camera set at 28 mm, the widest I could get, so the actual photo of the girl taking a picture of a classic Austin-Healey car looks like that too.
Also, it’s a bit- erm, I mean "bother" to draw shading on white pants. The wrinkles took a lot of work, and I’m still not entirely satisfied with them.
I dedicate this drawing to You’re Under Arrest creator, Kosuke Fujishima, because the amount of detail that he puts into the automobiles he draws definitely inspired me to do the same here.
I’m proud of this drawing. Maybe I’ll go hang it in the National Gallery, right next to Ottawa native Tom Green’s painting, "Tiger Zebra".