Divine Mishaps or What happens when you rush and don't allign features...but you still love the work! ...I executed many portraits in my early years. One of the things about portrait drawing for me is that my approach all expressive, either visually or technically in how I use art mediums. As an expressive Artist I had to learn to trust that orientation where I might start out with a pencil drawing, then go to color pencils and then Ink line and Acrylic painting. I "arrive" at a likeness. My approach is not the quick sketch because most of my work from the model is from a photograph and memory. This is a drawing where I ran out of shading options with Color Pencil and had to use paint to finish and some line work. You can't build up more than 2 - 3 layers of Color with Color Pencil. This is a studio work, not meant for showing. I kept it because in my practice, I never keep drawings that have no use. This one is how I like to paint the face. One eye is off balance and I stopped at a point after cutting the original piece down to this size. What you see are studio notes on expressive portrait imagery. On the forehead you see practice strokes and an abstract form. Brush strokes and color combos that indicate "Created" Facial Anatomy...
Frederick Douglass 1983
James Meridith was the First African American to attend the University of Mississippi. This Painting depicts an interpretation of a photograph of the walk escorted by Federal Marshalls
Approaches to the Ocular Bust Pose ... In Fine Art A Model is a Guide - "Likeness" is a matter of "Intent"
When using Media Photos for a model, your created image is only as good as the picture's resolution unless you rebuild the photo using the principles of light, shadow, line, depth. This is a photo probably from Ebony Magazine where I got most of my early references from. It depicts James Meredith on the day he entered ( integrated ) the University of Mississippi escorted by Federal Marshalls. I didn't attempt to copy the photo but interpreted the situation using selected parts of the photo. I also intended to use a realistic but sketchy effect that has an unfinished / first draft effect. There were also other pieces in the collection revolving around Civil Rights. There was a 4 X 8 Ft mural of MLK from one of his quotes called "Say I was a Drummer for Justice" All works in this series was painted with Reddish Brown House Paint. The Symbol of the color is the Tint of Oxidized Blood and the saying "OLD BLOOD TURNS A NICE MELLOW SHADE OF BROWN"
MLK 1981 - My only remaining Drawing from hundreds of portraits of "the famous" that I drew in my studio and sold on the Streets of Syracuse on the So. Side, Kennedy Square Apartments, Mulberry Square Apartments, East Fayette St, and Salt Springs Houses. The work was done in Prisma Color Pencil on Black Crescent Board and Included figures like Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Malcolm X, Elijah Muhammad, Ashford and Simpson and any one who was popular.I also did much work in African Design. My work sold to mostly young folks on Welfare. We made Incense which we sold in packs from 25 cents for 5 sticks to $5.00 100 stick Deluxe packs. It was a happy struggle at the time >working to sell. I eventually left it after 5 - 7 years to contract for Public Murals and sign Painting