Lauren Coll

graphite pencil and white charcoal on cardboard
10.5” x 7.5″

Lauren Coll Studio

Clara Lieu
Art Prof & Partner

“Emotions speak and manifest in many ways: through words, expressions, language, sounds, gestures, and actions. They are what make us human and connect us to each other. When creating art, these forms of emotional communication come into play. For me, figure drawing is not just about sketching the human body, but about focusing on the emotional state of the model. I draw what I see in the faces and body language of the people who pose; I translate what I sense they internally experience in the moment. What I feel, as the artist, also comes into play and merges to create an image that reflects my vision of the human experience.

The creative process is a window to understanding better who I am. In some respects, every new work is a surprise because as hidden feelings surface through art, I get a more intimate knowledge of myself. Self-knowledge and self-truth are what drive many of my artworks. In this particular sketch, my goal was to capture the resignation and disappointment shown by the model: his reluctant acceptance of what the world is, even if it is not what he crafted. But in understanding his limitations, it is my hope that I can better accept the human experience and go beyond those emotions that stifle my growth as a person. Art is a voyage in self-discovery.”

Related:  Elizabeth Peyton, Paul Cadmus, Edgar Degas, Francisco Goya, Jean Auguste Dominique IngresAntonio López García, Peter Paul Rubens, Sandro Botticelli, Piero della Francesca, Giotto, Jacques-Louis David

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4 responses on "Lauren Coll"

  1. Profile photo of Annie Irwin

    Covering the face in subtle shadow is really effective for me, and I absolutely believe the gesture without seeing the model in person. The way you’ve distributed the weight and stretch of the models neck to the tension held by the posture is really working, I would love to see even more attention to how the neck transitions to the back, This piece is so well defined, and I would love to see some aspects a bit looser, to continue to find the exact gesture. I love what you note in your artist statement regarding capturing emotion and art as a journey of self-discovery. As you continue to do this work it would be wonderful to see how your hand develops and becomes your version of the world on paper! That is always one of the most exciting things about art making in my eyes, how the artist depicts life around them. Nice work!

  2. Profile photo of Casey Roonan

    A very sensitive portrait! What I really enjoy about this drawing is that you convey emotion not simply through the facial expression — which is, itself, very admirably nuanced — but also through a well-observed detail like the wrinkles on the neck, which hold so much of the drama of the piece. It’s for this reason that I’d love to see a composition that includes even more of the body, as it seems you have a good eye for body language.

  3. Profile photo of Lauryn Welch

    One thing that I really love about this drawing is the way the lips are shaded in so dark. There is a sensitivity or femininity about those lips that softens the entire expression and body. I certainly feel the vulnerability and disappointment coming from the figure. Also, I think the speckles in the paper look a lot like freckles or moles on the skin! Though to emphasize this, it would have been nice to shade in or otherwise change the blank paper surrounding the subject.

  4. Profile photo of Deepti Menon

    I’m really drawn to how you’ve captured the eye socket and cheek bone. The white charcoal on the cheek is really helping create a sense of its form and mass. The line work on the top of the head, neck, and left shoulder seems a bit too much like an outline right now. This about how these parts of the body can be informed through shading or interior details rather than a rigid line.

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