Tuesday, April 20, 2010
I had a discussion about portraiture today. Its not a lucrative genre unless you're in the right geographical place or have the right connections. Larger centres with bigger populations, more disposable income, spare wall space and a sense of narcissism perhaps all help.
However, I love drawing portraits and always have. There is something about faces that pulls me in and becomes my comfort zone in many ways. So whether they make money or not, I will still produce them.
And tonight I made a start on another piece. I'm obviously a glutton for punishment as this piece is on a Masai woman done on black paper and the necklace is very intricate beading. I'm using coloured pencil for this - Derwent Coloursofts right now and its on a piece of black mi-tientes paper 19 x 25 which makes it a bit larger than lifesize.
Of course under artificial light getting an image that looks anything like the real thing is nigh onto impossible so this is the best I can do for now.