Category: Portraits

Face Bookends

Face BookendsClay (2012)

These bookends were created for my third and final project in a sculpture class I attended last spring.

I learned to apply the old adage “draw what you see, not what you know” to three dimensions. We all know that a typical face is composed of a nose, mouth, eyes, and cheekbones, but until I actually looked around at the faces of my classmates for guidance, I hadn’t truly looked at each of those components individually, or in relation to one another in any detail. I found the experience very eye opening (though apparently the bookend face did not)!

“What is art but a way of seeing?” – Saul Bellow

Face Bookends

Face Bookends

Portraits of Emma

My sisters and I have shared many long car rides and overseas flights so, naturally, they have featured in numerous sketches over the years. Here are a few sketches of Emma, my younger sister.

In the first image, Emma, backlit by the overhead lamp, was reading on our sleepless overnight flight to London Heathrow. I sketched Emma’s foot (in her decidedly non-walking shoe) during a break our self-guided family walking tour around Rome (see below). The final portrait was created while attempting to use DaVinci’s proportion guidelines which I discovered in a book purchased at the Louvre.

I’ve found that there’s no subject matter quite like a squirmy sister…just kidding, Emma, you did great!!

Go out on a limb

White board marker and crayon (2012)

This is another entry from my roommate’s and my “Diurnal Delights” summer project, in which we posted a daily photo of an inspirational quote/image combo for the facebook world to enjoy.

Mark Twain’s cowlick was fun to draw.


Clay (2011)

I awoke one morning to find these words scrawled in a notebook:

my face morphs into wolf

I remember rousing myself from the murky depths of oncoming sleep just long enough to scribble these words in the dark before plummeting fully into dreamland. A stop motion video ran in my mind: a self portrait forming out of a mound of clay, then morphing into the portrait of a wolf.

With my camera set up above the work surface, the initial plan was to make a change in the clay, then momentarily remove my hands from the frame, and repeat. I would then be able to draw a series of frames from the video that could be strung together to form what looked like self-molding clay. However, I only paused to remove my hands about a dozen times before forgetting the plan altogether when I was swept away into the timeless art abyss (and subsequently becoming late for track practice). So instead of the labour intensive stop motion concept (which I will surely revisit), I just sped up the video to 1000x the original speed.

Seeing a finished piece of art is great, but I am also very interested in the process of its creation. With such accessible video editing and media sharing technology, this traditionally very private process can be easily shared, adding a whole new dimension to art viewing, and art creating.

Self portrait in the dark

Acrylic on canvas (2010)

Recognizing early in my art career that I can easily obsess over fine details, I decided to paint in the dark to silence my inner perfectionist. A lamp was arranged to light a side of my face while obscuring the surface of the canvas. I worked to replicate the light and dark tones that I saw in a mirror, realizing upon completion that I developed a bold contrast while staying within a fiery spectrum. Though I have been told the resemblance to my appearance is lacking, I am quite haunted by this silenced looking glass version of myself, a girl with a story to tell.