My Foray into Realism

Work in progress. Michelangelo’s David. Drawing by Wendy Bloom

I have done art of one kind or another since early childhood. I’ve worked a bit with realism, in the past.

I tend to find it quite challenging, but there has always been this part of myself that feels lacking because I haven’t developed these skills..

I’ve been working on this piece for an hour or two every day, for approximately 2 weeks, now.

I have a printout of a photo of David’s face, taped right next to my own drawing.

Boy, is this hard. It’s not that I don’t feel some pride in my work, but each time I look at my drawing, and the photo of David, I see something that I’ve missed, or drawn incorrectly!

It’s a very different experience than painting abstract animals with acrylics.

It’s been interesting, and has captivated my attention. And it’s all about learning to really look at and grasp the subject that you are drawing.

So, I have a long way to go, but at the same time I feel excited about this exploration.

I’ve never seen any of Michelangelo’s work in person. I am know enthralled by the idea of flying to Rome, and seeing 17 foot high David, in the flesh( or more appropriately marble!).

I feel like if I can get anatomy down, and develop my ability to draw just about anything realistically, it will deepen the abstract painting I do.

I’m just beginning my journey, and I will continue to post projects that I’m working on.

Having this to focus on has been a great gift for me. My mood has been, well, let’s say, not terrific. To put things mildly.

When I’m drawing David, and making changes, I am so embraced and tied into the process, that I forget for awhile how hard life can be.


  1. Wow… just wow. This is incredible! And I’m not just saying that, it’s fantastic. It may be difficult or a challenge in terms of it being a learning curve for you but heck you’re doing an amazing job, Wendy!
    Caz xx

  2. Thank you so much, Caz! You wouldn’t believe how many times I’ve changed it. The human face is so complex. David has such a subtle combination of expressions, that they are difficult to capture. xx Wendy

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