I began drawing portraits in my junior year of high school when my teachers put me up for the Vermont Young Artists Awards. I entered the piece of my younger brother below, and it was my first time trying to draw the human face. Drawing this portrait was a turning point for me as an artist, I wasn’t even sure if I’d be able to pull it off but as I sat down with my pencils it just came pouring out of me. I ended up winning first place in the competition.
Portraiture became my portfolio focus for AP Art. I’m obsessed with human faces and the relationship between all of it’s different parts. Drawing someone is an intimate experience because I get to learn about every little part of that person I might have not seen before. Scars, freckles, smiles, eyelashes, and the secret worlds inside the depths of the irises. Every time I get the chance to draw a portrait, I get to fall in love with someone.
This was a commissioned piece I did for one of my mothers dear friends. The more I have grown as an artist I have been able to hone in on details like hair and highlights on the skin. The great thing about drawing is I always have a great gift to give, my friends loved receiving portraits of their favorite celebrities.
While portraiture isn’t my main business anymore, I still enjoy doing it more than anything. Please inquire if you are interested in a commission!