When I'm thinking about trying to use someone in a painting, I often do a few drawings of them to start to get an idea of how they look. When I'm drawing someone it gives me a chance to really look and examine their face and get to know it in a different way then when I'm just talking and seeing them in normal life. One of the things I love about drawing and all art is a quest for a simple truth. The truth of the shape of someone's nose, how all a person's features relate to each other in a very beautiful way, a pattern all their own.
After doing some study drawings of someone I may come up with a composition in which I can paint them or I may just let the knowledge of their face sit at the back of my mind and I may come up with a composition in a year or more.
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