I would suggest to everyone that sometime in their life/schooling career they should take a class at something that is really hard for them or they really struggle at. That's exactly what I decided to do last semester. In all aspects of art the hardest thing for me is drawing a realistic rendering of the human head that has a likeness to the model or intended head. it's HARD! And I've always struggled and really just don't enjoy drawing/painting heads because of that. Well there is a class at BYU that's entitled, "Painting the Human Head." And yes since the first time hearing about that class I thought it would be such a hard class. So this last semester I was all done with my art classes and wasn't required to take any more art classes. But I knew that class would help me a lot in the area I struggled most with. So I let go of my pride and registered for this class which I knew would have a bunch of brilliant artists also taking the class that I knew were very talented at drawing human heads.
I struggled!! It was hard!! Some of the heads I painted looked like aliens and had very deformed features. BUT some actually looked pretty good! I learned in a very real sense the truthfulness of the scripture, "And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them." As we have a desire to improve our weaknesses the Lord will help us! I know he helped me a lot in this class (along with my amazing professor Brother Barrett) and I wouldn't quite say heads are my "strength" yet, but if I keep working I know they can become that way.
So enough talking... here's the good, the bad, and the ugly;)
This was the painting I did the very first day of class
This was the painting I did the very last day of class!
And here are all the paintings in between
(in no particular order)
This was painted with a palette knife only (just an experiment)
and there you have it:)