In the 1665 oil painting 'Girl with the Pearl Earring,' Dutch painter Vermeer made his subject, a servant girl named Griet, sit for a portrait with her body angled to the side and her face turned towards him. If you click the first image above, you will see the second image, where I have drawn the subject with the same body posture. I focused in on her green eyes and experimented a bit with abstract leaves and petals, stepping out of my artistic comfort zone for an interesting result. I’ve decided that the emotion captured this week is 'desire' because of her subtle sex appeal and luscious red lips.
When I type in ‘portraiture photography’ into Google, a photo of this girl is the first image that pops up. She reminds me of the award winning 1985 national geographic cover of the Afghan Girl. I like the smoothness of her skin, her loud red scarf and the mystery deep in her eyes. When drawing her I strayed from my normal technique of simple cross-hatching with black felt tip pen by adding soft pastels on top. As a tip, I would avoid using the white pastel as it dulls the areas of skin that should be hit by natural light. In light of creating a series of portraits that attempts to capture the array of human expression, I dub this one ‘Intrigue.’
I found a photo of this face on the internet, taken by a photographer called Aleci. He called it ‘Frozen Heart.’ I prefer the title ‘Hesitation.’ I opted for simple black and white charcoal to highlight the stark contrast between the man’s pale skin and the black abyss that he seems to emerge from. I put the skeleton sketch up here too because I felt it was striking in it’s own way - with a very stark pop art feel to it. I can’t help but wonder what this person was thinking about that very moment in time… whether he was in the right relationship? how he should find a job? or how on earth did Brazil lose 7-1 to Germany in the World Cup semi-finals?
For this week’s post I’ve opted to do a little doodle in my long abandoned Moleskine journal. What captured me about this particular young girl is the mesmerising look in her powerful eyes. Children are scary sometimes in their purity of innocence.If you are as big a fan of Moleskine art as I am, check out http://www.youthedesigner.com/2011/07/27/50-cool-moleskine-art-samples-thatll-fuel-your-creativity/ to be wowed. I’ve been getting some intrigued looks from the corporate types who sit beside me on the bus whenever I whip out my pen…
ink life drawing, series I
Drawing of grandparents and two of their seven children
My mother in charcoal
oil painting of my brother and sister
life model, oil painting
life drawing, charcoal
portrait of my mother horse-riding, oil painting
self-portrait, oil painting
outdoor charcoal sketch of The Highline, New York City