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.”
“There’s a quiet, intimate atmosphere to this portrait, which I love. The facial features in the ear are drawn with so much care and sensitivity that I really believe the volume of those forms, particularly in the eye socket.
Be careful that the lines at the top of the head and on the shoulders aren’t so obvious. If you could add a little bit more tone to these areas and try to lose that line I think they would appear much more palpable. I like the drama of the wrinkles in the neck, but they need more shading, I think particularly in the mid tones.
Rethink your placement of the figure on the page, and make sure you include a background. Right now, the background seems totally untouched. You need something there, even something really simple like a gray tone would be really good.
You need to try to avoid placing your portrait dead center, as that’s kind of the first most obvious place that a lot of people place portraits. If you can, consider a less predictable place, for example in the upper left-hand corner or in the far-right I think it would be a lot more interesting. Although, it’s a very beautiful portrait and it’s obviously got a lot of emotion to it so I think you’ve done very well with that. “