On painting portraits
Today I restarted my practice of making a portrait daily. I used to do it every single day. I am a part of an International Artists Community. (Check out thousands of reference photos on Sktchy which is currently for iphone users only)
I would post daily on the app as well as on my Instagram Art Handle. You can see my other portraits by clicking on the link.
Any artist will tell you that drawing people is an extremely difficult thing. Even if you differ a line on the face by a millimeter, the likeness is totally lost. It is very intense work. At the same time, a portrait is a not a photographic reproduction of the person. You have to capture the likeness, and yet it has to be your own unique style.
As a child, I dreamt of making a portrait which would have a great likeness. I would draw people and ask my family members if they could guess who the person was. I never got the proportions right, and I would be disappointed. I would try harder. :)
Now I am happy that I can get a good likeness. I prefer working from photos, although I have made live sketches too. I have also been commissioned for my art in UK.
In India, many people do not get the idea of commissioning art work. They think it is okay to ask 'Will you draw me?'
(It isn't! You can pay the artist if you want them to draw you. It's like asking a Dentist--'Will you do my filling for me?' and expecting the Dentist to do it for free!) When people ask me that I don't even know what to say. I refuse politely and search for the nearest exit door.
In the other news from my end, I quite liked this article which came in The Hindu, about the Coimbatore event.
It was very well written, and reported the event, exactly like it was. If you wish to read it, either click on the above image, or read it online HERE.
Till then, smile.
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