One of my favorite challenges as an illustrator is capturing a likeness. The instant recognition of a face you may know well, the hint of their character, and attention to the subject’s humanity. I believe it goes beyond the precise features, the symmetry, or the unique qualities of a face. The tools available to illustrators allow you to capture a certain kind of precision – but it’s my goal to go past that immediate function. I’m interested in their quirks, their mood, the work and life of the subjects. It can be hard to reflect all of that in simple portrait. But each portrait is problem solving and in doing so you hold a mirror to yourself because your creative hand is reflected in their face.
These illustrations are new portrait commissions. They’re pastel on Stonehenge paper.
Egon Schiele – 14 x 20
Muhammad Ali – 12 x 16