Quarantine Portrait Sketch: Self Portrait (Rough) from 50 Years Ago

Once again, this drawing did not bring me immediate satisfaction. The first error I noticed was the size difference between the glasses lenses. Later, it occurred to me that the whole face is asymmetric.

Asymmetry played a significant role in my artistic development.  My older brother, Mike is autistic, nonverbal and low functioning. His eyes are not symmetric. They never seemed to be looking at the same thing at the same time. I remember the moment I manipulated a photography of Mike to make him symmetric. It was electrifying. Please see this post (Returning to Mike) to share my discovery.

I’m sure that my error in the sketch below has no relationship to my artistic exploration of my brother Mike. However, my critique of it is certainly related to my artistic development.

2 thoughts on “Quarantine Portrait Sketch: Self Portrait (Rough) from 50 Years Ago

    • Yes, asymmetry happens to be at the core of life (see the book: Lucifer’s Legacy, the meaning of asymmetry) by Frank Close).

      No, I don’t recall a downy beard at the time… hard to remember though.

      Thanks for commenting, Adelaide!



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