Here we go, a new (an old actually) portrait of russian writer Nikolay Gogol.
In short, the idea was to picture him as a real, an ordinary person, not as a great writer, and portray his actual emotional state. In all of his intravital portraits he's smiling, but he was actually lonely. And i'm nasty - i don't want to be another artist who would draw another insincere portrait, i want to look straight into his soul and picture what i can see.
The angle has its role too: he was short and i find it quite important, but the main goal is to make an impression that he's standing right in front of you, and you're talking about something personal.
I also wanted to make it look like a modern photo.
And one more point is that in all of his portraits Nikolay is seen by man's eyes, by the eyes of a friend. They lack empathy, i guess. Empathy is exactly what inspired me. There are some moments in his bio that are so true for me.