Friday, May 02, 2014

A Portrait in Graphite by Cathyann Burgess

Child portrait : young boy10x12 graphite on stonehenge paper

Painting or drawing a portrait is essentially capturing the soul of the the sitter in one awesome moment of their existence.
What a portrait must do, in my experience, is convey some quality of character and emotion, not just a likeness. It should look better than a photograph not like a photograph. A photo lacks dimension no matter how good it is.  The artist breathes his/her life into the making of the image of the sitter. There is or should be some communion there for ultimate success. Therein lies the struggle and the work.
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