One Image, Two Expressions

This is the reference photo for yesterday’s sketch. Mike was very relaxed and looks pretty happy here. I didn’t quite capture this expression yesterday, but I felt compelled to share this image today. It was always heartwarming to see Mike smile. I don’t have an exact date of this photo, but it is most likely […]

Mike Sketch Series: Mike Resting, Long Eyelashes 1992

The photo from which this sketch was taken was mundane. When I photographed Mike, I usually looked for drama. I felt that I would gain insight about my unreachable brother by capturing him in unusual situations. For those of you just joining me, Mike is my older brother who is autistic, low functioning and nonverbal. […]

Quarantine Portrait Series: Self Portrait – Neutral

Yesterday I mentioned the work of John Coplans. He did a series of photos (that I admired) showing his aging body. I thought that I would explore a similar project through my series of self portraits. However, there are some differences that may make this impossible. First, photography, although not strictly objective, is more objective […]

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 […]

Quarantine Portrait Series: Self Portrait with Crooked Mouth

It dawned on me that, since I am doing pencil sketches, I should use sketch paper instead of watercolor paper.  In defense of my watercolor paper choice however, I had been planning to tint my sketches; watercolor paper is good for that. Of the face parts, mouths and noses are the most difficult for me […]

Quarantine Portrait Series: Self Portrait – Grimace

I used different pencil grades on this self portrait. I began, as has been my habit, on the left side of the page with a very sharp number 2 pencil, on the ear.  This lessens the the smearing. For the dark areas, I used a number 6 pencil, which is very soft. I also made […]