Thursday, September 07, 2006
I'm working on a portrait of Paul this week. I've been thinking recently about the subjects I'm drawing and while they have been fun to do, I need to draw things that have more meaning to me. When I drew the last sketch of Paul he asked me why I hadn't done a 'proper' drawing of him. It's been on my mind for a while anyway but now seemed like a good time to start.
Obviously this is done from a photo, something I'm not so comfortable doing these days. There is definitely a difference between a drawing done from life and from a photo. I watched an interview of David Bailey recently and he was asked what was so special about his photos, surely anyone could have taken those shots given the same conditions in his studio? Bailey replied his photos captured the chemistry that only existed between him and his subject. (I also admire that Bailey's trademark is black and white and he isn't tempted by colour!) So I had that in mind when I took the photo of Paul because this smile is his reaction to his Mum making him slightly embarrassed (he knows I think he's gorgeous!) taking a photo to draw from. His eyes are slightly more closed than normal, an attempt not to look too uncool and a big smile despite himself! (Teenagers are a strange breed!)
At this stage of the drawing, half the face is not done and the shading needs more work. It looks a bit strange - like him but not - because there is more adjusting to do. His nose isn't right at all but I think I can sort that without much trouble but the eyes are missing something and I'll have to try and improve those without overworking them.
I wonder how long Paul will actually look like this? It's amazing how much he and Alex have changed in the last couple of years. Paul changed dramatically over the course of the summer holidays two years ago and when I was out walking with Alex last week (he's exactly two years younger less three days), we had plenty of time to talk, and I noticed how much his voice had changed just in a few days! I hear Mums saying things like ' I love them when they're two' but I can't understand that, I love the boys at every stage, each one is so interesting!