Thursday, August 6, 2009

Portraits and Sketches

Graphite drawing of my sister's friend. This took me forever to work on. It became the little thing I'd work on in my spare time. It doesn't really feel quite done to me, but the paper has lost a lot of its tooth for some reason, so I can't get the darks I wanted. Either way I'm ready to move on to something else. Gonna try to do some little portraits of family members when I can.

I used to not be that interested in doing portraits, but I'm actually quite fond of them these days. It's like I get to show a piece of myself in someone else, to take special care of ever single feature of their face as if it were the most important thing I could possibly do in a single moment. There's also something fantastically gratifying about doing a portrait of someone without them knowing about it. When they see that you chose to draw them, of all people, there is a humble, yet flattered and excited, vibe they give off. It's so rewarding.

These two I did last night. Sketches from pictures I took in Vermont.

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