I've been doing a lot of quick pen sketches of people lately, based on various pictures, usually found while reading the news on the internet. Just for the sake of sketching. And politicians are fun to sketch.
Drawing can sometimes be as mindless as folding laundry or doing dishes. Tonight, i drew a scene based on a picture taken by my friend Raheli, and i got lost in it. Free from worrying about the result, the mind can wander and find a state of meditation. Next thing you know, it's midnight.
Because i was drawing from such a small magazine picture (Ed Harris's face was a little over 2 inches long), i had to guess most of the details of his wrinkles. This one was started on the train last night, and i attempted to add more today but decided to leave most of the south-east region of his face (jaw and neck) unfinished. Dark brown colored pencil on Canson paper.
I came upon this picture of a Spanish photojournalist while reading the news on the internet early yesterday morning. I found his picture so striking that i proceeded to do a "groggy left brain" (it was 5:15 A.M.) doodle of his face ("blue" version). The caption underneath the picture read that he had been kidnapped in Gaza that morning. When i got home last night, i decided to sketch him again, with full-on left brain capacity and all ("red" version). Yes, it IS the same person. :-)
When i checked for updates in the news, i read he had been released just hours before i drew him for the second time.
How about one more unfinished pencil portrait. I decided to stop because it was getting late, and when i lifted up the paper (i had been drawing at my desk) i realized it was all distorted from having been drawn horizontally. Ha.
I lingered at school tonight to do some grading and write letters of recommendation. I love my spacious classroom -- though a Mac would look better in the back there. :-) Can you locate all the items on the list?