Saturday, February 10, 2007

On The Drawing Board: Subtleties

One component of this commission is to incorporate a few traits of the buyers into the subjects. I am not rendering likenesses but just some basic features, such as eye, hair and skin color. Little flourishes that will connect them to the piece. At the same time there are certain expressions and a look I want the faces to have.

As I work toward those two objectives I am so aware of the subtleties of the human face. From a tiny smudge in one direction to the width or angle of the eyebrow, these slight changes can drastically alter the look/personality of the man as well as the emotions that are being conveyed.

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