Back from a weekend music festival (the first my band Jukejoint Handmedowns has played), and trying to get back into the rhythms of work. Did another portrait, this one of my son, Keenan from a photo taken of him at a gig last year.
Finally finished up all the book projects that had been keeping me busy since January. I’ve a few more in the wings, but for the time being I find myself ‘in between projects’. I don’t like sitting idle, so I’ve decided to go back to a project that I had started several years ago, wherein I draw a portrait of each and every ‘Facebook friend’ (based on whatever photos they have made public), as a way of experimenting with different mediums, and to keep honing my skills. The last time I did this, there were several portraits that I was less than satisfied with, so I look at this as a chance to improve on the collection, and the friend list has grown by half in the intervening years, so I intend to take my time with this round. Here’s number one of the new collection, my wife Terri.
As part of my New Year’s Resolution to do more ‘personal work’ this coming year, I’ve decided to jump start the process by revisiting a challenge that I undertook in 2012 to draw a portrait of each and every one of my ‘Facebook friends’, using a variety of mediums and styles and working methods. Since I’ve added an additional 50 or 60 friends in the time since I completed that challenge, I’ve got several new subjects to tackle. Here’s Lydia & Ted & Julie.
Not a lot on the docket today, just a few rough sketches for an upcoming project (pictured below), and since I was already in a loose, sketchy mood, I did today’s portrait in a similar style. Today’s is a complete stranger, Jason (and I forget from whose facebook friends list I found him), but, like yesterday’s portrait, I attempted to do the portrait without adhering too closely to the original photo reference.
Been a busy music weekend, with a show for a new band on Saturday night (and lots of preparatory work the previous two afternoons), an extended practice session with another band on Sunday afternoon, and my fingertips are really feeling it today. But back to the drawing board on Monday morning, and I finished up an illustration for US Catholic in the morning (below).
I also found a little time in the afternoon to work on another of my ongoing ‘friend of a friend’ portrait series illustrations. With this one, I specifically wanted to avoid sticking too closely to the photo reference, so I worked freehand on a practice sketch, and then used the sketch as my source material. (this one was of Cole, a local musician who I met this summer when we shared a bill at an outdoor festival). I still tend to lean toward caricature when I try this approach, but I may continue working in this method for the next few I attempt just to push the boundaries a little further.