graphite pencil and white charcoal on cardboard
10.5” x 7.5″
“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 Ingres, Antonio López García, Peter Paul Rubens, Sandro Botticelli, Piero della Francesca, Giotto, Jacques-Louis David