I admit that, at first, doing these portraits after photos, using the Sktchy app, really was only for practice.
NB : Sktchy is an application you can get on a smartphone or tablet, where people upload some pics of them so you can do their portrait.
It’s a fun sharing! Thank you to the people who “posed” for me virtually through the app and lent their face for my video. ☺️
You know how much the journaling thing is important to me. I like to record things that are really happening around me, objects that I like, places I visit. So, that’s true that sketching someone I don’t know after a photo wasn’t interesting for me in itself, to begin with! As I said, it was just for practice.
But, then, something happened. The black and white pencils on toned paper technique started to give life to these faces and then Orlando happened ☹️ and something clicked…
I started to like these faces I was translating on the paper. I started to feel fascinated by the amazing beauty of the unique features of one unique person in the world. 😃
Plus, besides all this diversity, we can find so much common points too, especially this human face I try to understand better, to “learn”, to catch with this drawing practice. You know, two eyes, a nose, a mouth… A forehead always taller than you think… 😉 all this things that makes us so similar to each other.
I wanted to make this short video as a sort of tribute to humanity…
Just to say : we are all the same and we are all different and that’s why the world is so beautiful and interesting. We may have different cultures, religions, opinions, sexual orientations, habits but we all have this same look in our eyes, wanting so hard to be loved, fearing not to make it, hoping to be happy.
Btw, this is also a speed up demo for you of this portrait technique on toned paper. As you know, I am not an expert but I like to share so I hope you will find it interesting! 😊
Each portrait takes between 15 and 20 mn to do. I think I could do that within a slightly shorter time if I could fiddle a bit less! 😬
I wish you a great week, with lots of love and of bond moments with your close family and friends… and maybe with strangers, through the web, that could become closer than you would ever have thought. 😙😉