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Mirror Mirror

by Carl Frederik Waage Beck on juni 15, 2010

I’m getting fat. So my wife says. Sadly I have to agree, a belt of extra thickness has accumulated above the hem of my pants and I can’t wait to see it gone.
Don’t worry, I won’t nausesate you with any imagery, I know my limits.

I started a new series of watercolors of women in the mirror today. I have a mixed relationsship with female vanity, at once attracted by the beauty it produces and repelled by the fact that it’s often connected with low self-esteem.
Woops, I’d better get back on the treadmill…
Stay tuned for more drawings in the coming days.

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Beauty in numbers

by Carl Frederik Waage Beck on maj 20, 2010

I have been working on some sketches lately, trying to draw the perfect female face. I keep returning to the female body for inspiration, always something or someone new to paint and draw. The motif never gets old. To me at least.

Some features just appeal to me. Maybe it’s some darwinian mechanism. Maybe I’ve just been taught by the ad-industry. The end result is the same. Some proportions I just find pretty.

Working the internet in my quest to examine this I came across a set of facial proportions that supposedly would yield the perfect face. Apparently I am not alone in my perception of what is beautiful since I find the end result quite appealing.

The creepy thing about this girl, is that she might as well have existed in real life, but doesn’t. Only on paper.

Ideal proportions are a thing of the imagination, real beauty exists in the real world.

I realize now, that I often start a new piece when I can manage to blend reality and imagination.

Enjoy the result below:

“I only exist on paper” from Sketches By Carl Frederik Waage Beck

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