I am currently accepting portrait commissions. I’d love to create a memory for you of a loved one, an event, or an emotional time. See the gallery at the bottom of the post for some of my favorite portrait creations, then contact me at mockingbirdatmidnight_ at _gmail . com to find out how you can commission a watercolor portrait.
I love drawing portraits more than anything else. It’s odd that I would, as I’m not a gregarious person. As introverts go, I’m pretty high on the “I vant to be alone” scale.
But there is something about the human form, especially the human face, that is irresistible to me, and I love the connections that I make when I’m working on a portrait. It’s amazing how much you can learn about a subject when you’re drawing them, even when using a photograph instead of drawing from life.
Of course, it’s more fun to do the portrait from a real, live human being.
The best portraits come from just sitting down and letting the model talk. You can hear their stories, which are sometimes as interesting as the drawing itself.
Former Metropolitan Museum of Art director Thomas Hoving shot a video of Andrew Wyeth painting his portrait. In it, Hoving is blabbing away while Wyeth chuckles, nods, and makes “I’m listening” noises, paintbrush moving the whole time. Hoving said that Wyeth told him to talk during the two sessions during which he drew the portrait. Wyeth reportedly said, “I must have animation.”
You can see that video here. It’s not long, and it’s very amusing.
It’s the most wonderful feeling in the world when you manage to draw a portrait that captures not only the likeness of a person but something of their inner life as well.
In the best of portraits there’s a synergy between artist and model that flows as easily as liquid, and creates something as beautiful and memorable as a life expressed in pigment, water, and paper.
It’s not too early to start thinking about Mothers Day or Fathers Day!