I get asked a lot about my approach to portraiture. Questions like "Why do you exaggerate?" or "Why is it that you feel like the subject can't look exactly like they are in real life or in the photograph?". My answer is usually simple: I don't consider myself a human photocopy machine. I was trained in all the traditional ways. I learned how to draw and replicate everything I see in front of me or in a photograph, but things happened. I evolved and developed my own style and my own approach. Perhaps some of it was a natural progression, but I do have to credit art school with a good deal of it. As freshmen we were trained from the ground up,
I need to start working on smooth (hot press) bristol board more often. I'm pleased with the results of "Grandpa Joe" as the smooth bristol helps retain a lot of the line quality of pencil instead of it being more tonal and gradual values like cold press (board and paper) tends to do. My Abraham Lincoln was also done on smooth bristol and I can see parallels on the satisfaction with that one to "Grandpa Joe". It really lends itself to my particular style and approach especially when drawing older faces with wrinkles and age lines.
After having thought about joining Deviant Art for years, I'm so glad I finally took the plunge and signed up. I am simply amazed at the level of talent on display at this website. It is so inspiring to see others doing the same type of work and being able to communicate and share it with them.
Hi, found your gallery 'cause you 'watched' me, and got to say the more you stylised your portraits get, the more fun they are and a joy to see famous faces rendered in an original style. Congratulations!