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.

Quarantine Portrait Series: Self Portrait, Clean Shaven, Three Quarters Profile

I have difficulty with portraits where the subject is only partially facing me.  Most of the features on the far side of the face are hidden, and must be rendered as isolated lumps or bumps, with no visible connection to those which are visible.

Vintage Photo: Horn and Hardart Dino-O-Mat, NYC 1988

Back in the days of black and white, when I was a tyke, my grandmother took me to the automat.  I love the art deco stainless steel on the Dine-O-Mat. This wasn’t the way I remembered the one my grandma took me to, but it made me nostalgic anyway.

Quarantine Portrait Series: Self Portrait, Pensive Mood

I broke the routine today, and put on my photographer’s cap, to design the self portrait below. Placement of the image adds to the mood of the photograph, or in this case, the sketch.  The way I framed today’s self portrait gives the image a claustrophobic feeling.  This is a good way to convey the […]

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.