Monday, December 8, 2008

"Prophet"--the first of series of faces

Image: 6"x6" on Bristol Board
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I've been doing alot of thinking about finding a way to honor my desire to keep up with creating and posting a painting or drawing on my blog five days a week while having to work full time on this illustration project I'm doing. I have decided to focus on creating a drawing of a face each day--or a painting if I have the time. The point of this is to be stress-free, though, so it will probably be drawings. I am going to set a goal of doing 50 of these. I hope to be finished with the job by then!

I've been wanting to do something like this for awhile--I saw a series of portraits by Mark Bailey which really inspired me, and then a book of etchings of faces by Frank Boyden. I like the idea of the series. The ground rules I've laid for myself are very loose--actually more about saying what I CAN do--basically anything I want. It can be from my imagination, a photo, someone I see on the street and draw from memory, someone sitting for me--whatever seems to work that day. They'll all be the same size.
I hope to improve my ability to observe and to capture expressions. In this job I'm doing, I'm finding that being more aware of expression is something I need to work on, so hopefully this will help.

The person in this portrait is someone I know--a loving, beautiful young man who had the world before him when mental illness took over during his college years. I call this "Prophet" because at times he believes he's Jesus Christ.


Sheila Vaughan said...

Vicki, a nice beginning, a sensitive drawing and a good story to think about.

Jeffrey J. Boron said...

A wonderful drawing Vicki. Knowing more of the story behind it really adds another dimension to it. Mental illness takes such a terrible toll on so many young and vibrant men and women. Many in the beginning of there young lives.