Portraits, and more portraits

Human faces are fascinating things. You can draw them for years and still find them fascinating and fresh. Technique needs to be shaken up now and then though, as that is surely something that can get boring after a measure of repetition.

I was honestly planning to do the Inktober challenge this year as well ( I almost completed it last year). However, things did not go exactly as planned. I did three black-and-white pieces… and it started to bore me. The strange thing is that my “inherent” (yes it is strange to call it that, but I’ll explain) style seems to be different from the style I’m quite frequently trying to do. Meaning that my brain pushes clean linework, more attention to details, etc etc and yet, those times where I’ve just gone about making a piece without much thought, it’s always coloured, rather loose – even painterly, or mixed media and collage, layers of different media on top of each other.

Occasionally it feels like a dilemma – should I follow one or the other? Or try to conjoin them into an amalgam? I’m still not sure. Perhaps the artistic style is simply the reflection of my way of being – interested in a multitude of things, a natural generalist. Nevertheless, during the years the main interests have crystallized, become reasonably clear; the rest, while still there, has resumed lower priorities. Hopefully the style follows the same route – sheds the unnecessary and keeps what should be there.

 

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