Once a month the Wall Street Journal puts out a glossy, full-color magazine called (unoriginally) VSJ Magazine. It’s included in the last Saturday of the month’s newspaper in subscriptions to the daily WSJ. Filled with high fashion photography and full page ads from companies, such as Tiffany & Co., Hermes, Saint Laurent, Dolce & Gabbana, it reflects a reality that is entirely off my radar. I generally pitch it into the recycle bin without looking at it.
Recently, though, I’ve discovered something fun I can do with it—sketch! As a dabbling artist, I have spent untold classroom dollars to utilize the models that art classes provide. Now I am taking advantage of the abundance of full page photographs accompanying the ads and stories about today’s fashion trends (and trend setters). With more models than I can use, I can practice finding light and shadow on faces and bodies. Here are a few of my October drawings. All are done with a #2 pencil. Soon I will pull out my pencil box in which I have pencils of varying hardness—so I can eventually depict many more shades of grey. Not fifty, mind you . . . but maybe twelve.