My friend Wright gave me some books early this week. One of them is titled Medical Meanings, A glossary of Word Origins. I look up ‘eye’ and this post is born.
Eye comes through the Old English ēage from the Teutonic auge, all of which refer to the organ of vision. Incidentally, the Old Norse vindauga, “wind-eye” became our “window.”
The paragraph finishes with:
In years past, the upper canine tooth was called the “eyetooth” in the mistaken belief that it was connected to a branch of the same nerve that supplies the eyes.
Carolyn brings over a couple of different sets of medical images. One includes profile shots of her head. The cover reads Full TMJ Right Closed & Left View. I pop it into my laptop, pull up the images and recognize Carolyn’s facial bone structure.
I already know a direct image will be the focus, right then I am certain a profile drawing will also be incorporated into the composition.
Life-size studies are a lot about research and getting general anatomy organized. When it comes to details like the facial features, I very much enjoy the act of drawing ( mostly graphite, some color pencil and an eraser kind of drawing). I like capturing likeness. The challenge eventually is to bring anatomical detail in and not lose resemblance.
Obviously I focus on the eyes (eyeballs) with Carolyn.
Initially I outline her profile into the upper right-hand corner of the picture plane and leave it there for some time.
Taking a second look at her x-rays yesterday, I change my mind and decide I prefer it to the left (her right).
Before I realize it, I am incorporating the brain….not in the plan but it makes sense why I do it and it may stay.
At the end of the day – the drawing tool appears in hand.
#Eye #Hand #Brain
#Artist #OrganOfVision #WIP