Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Self-Portraits

Nonartists often wonder why artists create so many self-portraits. The answer is simple really: It's not about vanity or self-absorption. It's about finding a model who doesn't charge much and will sit for you at three o'clock in the morning. Here's a charcoal I've been working on this week:

Artist Asleep, Charcoal on Paper, 30" x 22" (2010)

5 comments:

  1. Well, what I find interesting is HOW you can draw that portrait if you are posing in that pose...please let another aspiring artist in on your secret.

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  2. As you can see, only my left eye is closed...ha, ha! I worked from a photograph--with the advent of digital cameras, artists have the luxury of taking just the right photo (of landscapes, models, whatever) and then doing the work in their studios.

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  3. This is very good Leslie, I really like it.

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  4. After having seen your portrait along with the other "piece" - wow - that is powerful and I had thought just the self-portrait alone was well worth hanging...Makes me think outside of the traditional "portrait" and hope you post them both together as you shared with me.

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  5. Very cool charcoal. I also love Javier the tree frog! Yes, I know - it's always plants and animals...

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