Pastel & Coloured Pencils, 50 x 65 cm – 2009
I wanted to emphasize the impression of light, and this is why I didn’t put too many details.
This little boy has got a sister some days ago, a tiny little thing, and I saw her photo on the day she was born. I couldn’t believe what I saw and screamed:
“Look, Kevin, she is already completely formed!”
Kevin looked at me, amazed, then started laughing:
“What did you thunk, that they look like fishes when they come out?”
Honestly: I have no idea what I was thinking, but fact is that never before in my life I had seen a a 12 hours old baby!
Do you have an idea what is the most frequent answer I hear from women when I am trying to have a discussion with them about Barack Obama, asking them what they think of him?
“He is such an handsome man!”
Never tell me again that appearances are not important!!!
I don’t remember what they were looking at as I was sketching them, but it was certainly amazing enough to have them stand still for the time I needed for my drawing!
You might think, looking at these portraits, that I am exaggerating a lot, but I don’t, at least not consciously. I am not trying to make any caricature, but I am not searching either for exact likeness. In fact I just let my eyes and my hand and my pen and my brushes work together and give an impression of what is in front of them.
The good thing being that I am quite sure that nobody ever will come to this blog and write insults to me for having painted them like that!
So fascinating to observe all these people sitting at a café. Even doing nothing the characters are so obvious: in the way they sit, the way they cross their arms or legs, the way they look around…that one, for example, really seemed to own the whole world!