Mary Borgman


Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri

Mediums: Charcoal on Mylar

Interests: Psychology

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

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