You won’t believe this— I finally got to do my FIRST portrait from a live model!!! A beautiful model, an exciting experience! Now if only I can do it every week.... at least every other week! Can see places that need improvement, nevertheless the whole painting from life thing was a blast!
Day 2! Almost didnt post this one this morning, but as someone very intuitive once said, your best work always comes together 5 minutes after your biggest doubts. Cant wait to see what the next 98 days has in store!
Thanks to @butterhi and other artists for kind of inspiring this whole challenge in the first place, go check out they're page!!! Have a lovely day all!
While it’s not a finished work, I wanted to share this super quick sketch for a few reasons.
Lot of firsts with this drawing-
First time using Stonehenge paper.
First time drawing a small portrait (2x4”)
First time (in a long time) drawing a man...and not just any man!
Now, you could be mistaken for thinking this gentleman was a member of the 60’s Rat Pack. In fact, he is my beloved Daddio. Though I had to use a graduation photo from circa 1950 as a reference, which covered his head with a graduation cap and was retouched with paint, it was a joy to reinterpret it and spend some time with my amazing father, rendering him.
Does anybody feel like that when they are doing a portrait? That it’s a special moment in time that you are with the subject even if it is by photo reference?
It’s not as energetic as drawing from life but it has its own meditative quality that I find to be very beautiful in its own right... .
Chet Baker (American, 1929-1988) photographed in 1986 by John Claridge.
Here is John Claridge's recollection of the night he took the photo:
From 1976 to 1989, I lived in a flat on Frith Street in Soho, above Ronnie Scott’s jazz club. I went to sleep every night listening to jazz, which is alright if you like jazz, and I did. Ronnie was from east London, like me, and there were a lot of East End boys running the club. So I’d go down for a cup of tea or a glass of wine, and have a rabbit – it was like being at home.
Chet Baker came in one night in 1986, and I asked him if I could do a couple of shots before he went on. I said: “I’ve got to tell you, when I was 13, I bought the Chet Baker Quartet record with Winter Wonderland on it. Russ Freeman was the pianist … ” And Chet said, “Yeah, he was, in 1953.” He just stopped and stared, going back through his memory. And that’s when I took the picture. Then he went downstairs and did his set. He played beautifully, considering he’d lost a lot of his teeth in the gutter – the emotion and passion still came through.
(Source: theguardian.com August 17, 2016)