Young guy with dreadlocks

11 x 14 oil painting on prepared paper.

The guy who posed for this is one of those people who would be striking no matter his or her gender.  And, I have the feeling that he knows it. He had been a dancer.  He was pretty vague about what he does now although I know he works as a professional model when he can.   I did a number of charcoal sketches before doing this small oil.  He liked the result although I thought it might not please everyone.  I did it pretty quickly wet on wet, one sitting.  That’s my favorite way to do a life painting.  I am not so much interested in doing a portrait per se as I am interested in doing an interesting and provocative picture.  That way, people can imagine whatever they want about the individual depicted. The ground is Strathmore watercolor paper covered with a white gesso and yellow oxide coating. That makes a smooth surface that protects the paper from the oil paint.

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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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