March 23, 2009
When I begin a portrait, I apply huge, sweeping marks of charcoal over the entire surface and work gradually from general to specific. That is, except for the eyes.
I will articulate the eyes sooner than the rest of the drawing—just enough to see the expression—because what the eyes are communicating influences how I proceed.
The eyes, which usually have a direct gaze, also keep me company while I work.
All images © Mary Borgman, 2009
Portrait of Abhishek Gupta, charcoal on Mylar, 62" x 42"
Detail, Portrait of Abhishek Gupta