Quarantine Portrait Series: Self Portrait with Higher Resolution

Most (if not all) of my quarantine self portraits have used a photo booth (app) photograph as reference for my sketch.  Today I flipped the camera to selfie mode to take the reference picture. The resolution was much higher and I could zoom in for a close look at details.  One can tell from the […]

Vintage Photo: Stardust ‘Duncan’ Street Performer June 1988

This photo brings back fond memories of street fairs in New York City.  The gentleman pictured below frequented many of these gatherings. He played the old big band tune, Stardust, on the trumpet and accompanied himself on the piano.

Quarantine Portrait Series: Self Portrait, Profile with Neck

Quarantine has limited my range of subjects to sketch (mostly me).  To compensate, I have been sketching photos of myself, taken from different vantage points, to try capturing facial features seen from a variety of angles, through shading and attending to relative proportions. I’m sure I can apply the lessons I learn from these exercises […]

Quarantine Portrait Series: Self Portrait, Half Silhouette

I was leaning over for this study. I wanted to try drawing my neck (such as it is).  However, what commanded my interest more was the half of my face in silhouette and the rim of my glasses that caught the light.

Quarantine Portrait Series: Self Portrait Looking Upward

I am looking forward to trying my ‘facial feature proximity’ technique on live subjects instead of my photo, when shelter in place is over.   It was a bit counterintuitive, when I noticed that my right nostril was really close to my right eye. It was even closer in the photo.  The lesson I take […]

Vintage Photo: Sculpture on Parking Sign, NYC 1991

The large sculpture on the right edge of the photo was a recognizable landmark for those of us living in NYC in the 1980s and 90s. It was south of Houston (SoHo), approaching Broadway from the west. Girders appear to be jutting out of the side of a building. I didn’t realize it was actually […]