A Drawing Tutorial in Portraiture
1. A Drawing Tutorial
With pencil I will learn your portraiture
to realize the world starts with outline
so thoughtfully drawn with pencil tip fine
when creation is our nomenclature.
So much will depend on the tone I set
from hours of practice shading simple spheres
and watch each cross hatch as your form appears
to draw each detail without any regret.
I remember your smile from straight-on view
your deeper contours of experience
the smallest scar near cleft of perfect chin.
When out of drawing yourself grew and grew
the muscle in your neck seemed tense
your smile became a wide devious grin.
Sometimes you must sell your home and move
these time of crisis find me drawing “eyes”
in quiet times when I erase my sighs
my only hope and need is to improve.
Your jaw a page in anatomy text
the curvature of bone to orbital
these eyes complexity is pivotal
with perfect shading to display your “vexed.”
To sit for hours and work on perfect tone,
eraser in my hand for easy fix,
to hold this picture of you in my mind.
Though distracted I draw, mostly alone,
except for various gray charcoal sticks,
what treasures in your cheekbones I will find.
2. A Drawing of Her Face
Only by drawing features by themselves
to start with nose and draw lash one by one
with precision as if your under the gun
a stack of failures litter empty shelves.
Your drawing has become reality
at this moment I am lost in dimple
these contours of a life are not simple
to draw with discipline and no pity.
Muscle memory embedded in forehead
where canyon formed in brow with every fight
or lowered lid when weeping toward sky.
These moments will refresh themselves near bed
where drawing table rests your second sight
this pencil gives me chance to really try.
With pencil blend your darkness and your light
a daily practice as if you are here
and when I finish I will have no fear
some perfection to make everything right.
Our worlds are now a universe apart
these changing times have left a deep impact
your presence in my mind will help redact
each drawing prayer for a fresh new start.
So quietly I pass away these hours
with focused light this drawing finds a home
among the others in my collection.
In time I will examine spring flowers,
for now your features provide space to roam,
for now I must continue until done.