9" X 11"
oil pastel on black paper
I did this first as a quick sketch using white prismacolor pencil on black paper, and it evolved into this portrait. I wanted the portrait bigger than the paper because I want the focus to be on Isaac's eyes. He is a very introspective, mature kid for his age, and he was just sitting there in the car with me, waiting for his grandma, asking me a million and one questions about making art. I went right to the art store and bought the boy a good sketch book and a pack of Prismacolors, and he's about got the sketchbook filled up, already. That's my boy!
I love this picture because it really captures his spirit. It's one thing to do a portrait of someone and say "oh, okay, that's so-and-so." But when you can draw a picture of a person and just imagine the picture coming alive and saying something that person would say or doing something that person would do, you've really done a portrait and not just a drawing.
This is my first serious portrait. I think I need to do more. Not sure I love the oil pastel on black paper, but it has a neat texture I want to experiment with further, at least.