Sven’s Face

Pen and ink on white paper

It has been a long day.  Started drawing on the Wacom pad very early this morning.  Took about 30 minutes for lunch.  No reason except that I had a couple of drawings that were very tedious.  There are still a couple of things that need doing, including a mailing piece.  So, being bushed I thought that I should post the first little sketch of the day, a drawing done right after I gave the cat a bit of breakfast. 

It is just a simple line drawing, what I think musicians call an allegretto.  The idea is not to be realistic in a photographic sense but rather to be realistic in capturing a specific man’s character, sure of himself and uninhibited when comes to having fun and carnality.  Not that I know of these things so directly for Sven is part imagination.  The point is that this drawing is not about drawing but rather about actuality and imagination and itheir joint portrayal.  I am rather fond of George Condo’s work: he never uses models although he has done dozens of portraits of iconic characterizations.  Anyway, I blame it all on the cat whose internal clock has not reset to daylight savings time and thinks that it party-time in the middle of the night.

About mmgilbert

I have been drawing and painting all my life. Now part of the “New Symbolist” movement which encompasses both Goth, fantasy and tattoo art as well as the century-old work of Odilon Redon, I focus on archetypal and mythic imagery to evoke emotional themes and to reference darker fantasies. I have an abiding interest in figurative drawing, working on paper and exploring new ways to handle traditional materials. I studied with Edward Millman, a WPA muralist; at Purchase College; and at the Art Students League in New York.
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