Not Just a pretty super hero

February 10, 2009

I didn’t want people, who don’t know me, to think ALL I draw is super heroes. Since I was a kid, I’ve loved art, not just comics, but all art. That’s a philosophy I got from my father who was a successful studio drummer, he loved music… all music. So I’m not one of these people who only loves representational art, or only abstract work, but I try to remain open to all art. In a conversation with a friend from art school he said something that really became my mantra- I just love well done art. One of my faves is Henri Toulouse Lautrec, especially his drawings, and one technique in particular. He loved to do simple images on craft paper with charcoal and white paint, allowing the brown of the paper to be his middle ground- I love those. He wasn’t the first or only artist to do this, but his were the ones that made the impression on me- little art humor there. So when a friend asked me to do a sketch of his wife, I instantly knew what method I’d be using. Likenesses are always difficult for me, as my stress levels sky-rocket in the fear of not capturing the best qualities of the subject. Needless to say, I rarely try drawing my wife- since I love her, so here’s Gonzalo’s wife, Jenn, instead, since I only like her. 😛 He says he loves it, I hope you will too.

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3 Responses to “Not Just a pretty super hero”

  1. I have know Jenn since she was 5 and your likeness is amazing. It is a wonderful drawing. I love the brown as the middle ground too.

    I am an artist – abstract but love to do a figure from time to time.

  2. Richard Isaacs said

    I think this is a GREAT picture of Jenn. I like the setting with her at the piano, which, of coure, is a large part of her life. I cannot speak to the intricacies of the “art,”, but I do know what I like, and I LIKE this drawing!

  3. Jenn said

    Thanks so much for doing this, Shannon! I had no idea when Gonzalo invited you and Melissa to dinner that you were actually doing research. It’s beautiful!

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