Quarantine Portrait Series: Self Portrait, Tilted Head

I’m having fun renewing my acquaintance with sketching. Just a few pencil strokes can shade more effectively than spending lots of time carefully perfecting dark-to-light gradients.  Now, my challenge is to tighten up on the spatial relationships among facial features. If you look back on other quarantine self portraits in this series, you can see […]

Quarantine Portrait Sketch: Drawing Lesson, Self Portrait

I looked carefully at one of Cézanne’s sketches of his son. I think he sketched the shapes that made up the face, not facial features.  This is a different way of sketching, a different way of seeing.  We’ll see how it goes.

Vintage Photo: Sunlit Subway Station at 79th Street, NYC 1988

It’s been more than 10 years since I moved away from New York City. I used to take the subway all the time, but I can’t, for the life of me remember the subway line which allowed sunlight into its 79th Street Station.

Quarantine Portrait Series: Sketcherly Self Portrait

The other day,  I treated myself to a book about Cézanne, one of my favorite artists. I was inspired by his spare sketches, to concentrate on broad pencil strokes rather than replicating details.  The study below is not Cézanne-esque, but is, perhaps the start of a new direction for my self portrait sketches.