Self-Portrait.  Conte Crayon on toned paper.  18" x 24"

Self-Portrait.  Chalk and Charcoal on toned paper.  18" x 24"

Self-Portrait.  Conte Crayon on toned paper.  18" x 24"

The Artist at work.

I find myself most excited and most challenged when drawing portraits.  They offer a level of satisfaction I don't normally find upon completing a landscape or still life.  The ability to draw a recognizable likeness is a very impressive and rewarding skill, which requires lots of practice.

Beyond that, self-portraits are an important part of the process.  Not only is the artist working with a subject with which he is intimately familiar, but he is taking part in a ritualistic documentation of his own nature at that particular moment.  It's a visual diary, showing not just physical appearance, but emotional state, technical ability, and artistic expression, all of which may change as the artist ages.

  Self-Portrait.  Chalk and Charcoal on toned paper.  93" x 42"

Self-Portrait.  Chalk and Charcoal on toned paper.  93" x 42"

Colored Pencil on white paper.  8.5" x 5.5"  Stolen from my desk in 2013.

Self-Portrait with plastic bag.  Chalk and Charcoal on toned paper.  9" x 12"

Post-It Portraits

Post-It Portraits

Post-it Portraits

These are portraits of friends and family, each drawn on a Post-It Note.  Marvel at the bravery of these people, allowing me to post their silly faces online.  A single Post-It Note is only 3" square, but can hold a surprising amount of information.  This project is not sponsored or endorsed by 3M in any way.  I wish it was, though.

Post-It Portraits

Post-It Portraits

Post-It Portraits

 

Scratchboard portrait of Walbro the Dapper Robot. 9" x 12"

This is a series of 6 drawings I created as part of an in-class demonstration.  I was showing students the process of using multiple iterations to edit and refine an image.  The assignment was "self-portrait as comic book cover."  This particular comic cover includes an important philosophy, which is also my Twitter handle.


For part of 2012, I had a full-time student teaching position at a local school during the day, and a part-time teaching job at night.  It was an exhausting period for me.  During that time, I doodled inspirational robots.  They were originally a sort of spoof of the ubiquitous motivational kitten posters, but eventually became something more meaningful to me.  These drawings measure 2.5" x 3.5" before framing.