pastel and graphite on paper
20″ x 15″
“Just like the title, this piece was created to remedy myself from the stress I had. When this was created, I was faced with a lot of conflicts with my friends and family. I also had trouble finding meaning in my path as an artist. Though my life was miserable in reality, I depicted myself in a soothing background, wishing that I could really be in such state.”
“Your greatest strength of this piece is your skill with the graphite and applying the pencil. And your ability to capture the realism of the face, the believable expression: those are all coming along really well.
I think the problems I’m having with this piece is one: the kind of lack of harmony between the pencil face and then the color wash in the background. But right now it kind of has, they don’t seem to go well together. It seems like two different universes almost.
Also, and I think the concept of the piece too. And I don’t want to bring in other work to critique this specific piece. But looking through the rest of your Instagram feed, a lot of your work has such strong solid and powerful conceptual base. And even if this piece is just a portrait study, always remember that your strength in content, your narrative quality, and kind of the vibe you want your pieces to give off is just as much of your style as is your mark making.
But I think you have a great technical ability with this piece, and I think that conceptually you just push it a little bit further. But otherwise really nice job.”