I’ve always admired the art of, and particularly this painting done in 1516, by Albrecht Dürer from the National Gallery in D.C. Particularly when I read this description of the painting from the Gallery’s voluminous volume of selected works, and Dürer’s ability to:
“lay open the fine net-work of the heart and brain of man”…”to make us see deep into the soul until we understand, for example, the character of this ugly, resolute individual, whose personality, flashing out through luminous and asymmetrical eyes, exerts a powerful spell. His is the face of the Reformation”.
So I thought I would make my own attempt to capture him.
My very first drawing of myself. Warts and all. Am sure it won’t be the last. Had a feeling it would be challenging, but it was much more than I thought it would be. I’ve been obsessing about doing this for a few weeks, so when my wife was at an event last night, I grabbed a small art deco mirror from our dining room wall and propped it on the sofa. I sat with my drawing pad on my lap and a stick of soft graphite in hand. On second look it’s a tad distorted but I think it captures a certain something about my personality. Certainly my sense of humor! An Alice Nealish quality; don’t you think?
What do you do when you’re at Houston’s fine art museum for a Friday morning creative talk and you don’t feel up to “networking” beforehand or simply listening to the speaker once it starts? Why, you take out your pen and sketch of course!
I did this sketch while waiting in the customer lounge. Earplugs installed as not to hear the incessant blather on the TV and a nice hot cup of free coffee. Time spent doing otherwise boring to-dos always passes quickly when I’m doing art.
I sketched this woman on the bus last month. As with all the pen and ink sketches I’ve done while riding to and from my former job, I had about 15 minutes to create the image. See more here.
Sketched on the bus. See more here.