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I'm still at it

Posted Feb 2016

Every day I keep buzzing out with these Pencil Portrait studies. It's like addictive.

Here I was studying ears. And general imposed lighting for making these studies applicable to my experience when I'm drawing Party Caricatures. I handle so many Party Caricatures. Much fun.

But these Pencil Portraits feel like they come alive under my hand. I'm even wondering if it would be helpful for people to hire me to draw Pencil Portraits of their dearly beloved at Funerals. Watching it happen could feel..... oh i don't know the word. It could catch a grieving person's attention and feel...... um..... intriguing? It's hard to describe the experience with words.


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Facial Hair

Posted Feb 2016

I don't know why I spend so much time doing this stuff. At least it usually has a good effect on my work. Since drawing and painting is something I'm always doing, it never feels foreign when I actually get to work. And I always have something that's been interesting me to bounce off of. Today it was men's facial hair. Not only the different styles like goatee or vandyke, but also different lengths and textures of hair.


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Getting back to Basics

Posted Feb 2016

Using a pencil. Haven't done this in quite a while.


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Informed Decision

Posted Jul 2013

I recently had a Request to make a more 'sophisticated' Caricature. A shadowed silhouette.

I understood what she was asking for, so I didn't take offense her wording about 'more sophisticated'. If you know about Caricature, you would know that the more 'sophisticated' the Caricature skills, the Wilder the picture might look. Because that's the goal of development for a Caricature Artist. It doesn't mean a 'sophisticated' (quiet, reserved, serious) model.

But let's not get hung up on words. Communication is difficult enough, and this was an excellent way for this client to explain what she was looking for. I never did it before.

Based on my abilities, based on how I feel about it, I feel quite confident to make a beautiful picture. A shadowed silhouette. But we can't see the finished piece until I've spendt my time and supplies on it.

So before she orders it, I wanted to help her make an informed decision. I tried to show her some other types of my work. I sent her to a post that showed my confident Oil-Painting Style. And a post that showed my new Digital-Painting Style. And a post that showed my Pencil-Portrait Style:

http://caricatureexpress.com/2013/04/25/live-party-paintings/

http://caricatureexpress.com/2013/01/09/digital-exotic-face/

http://caricatureexpress.com/2008/12/28/portraits/

And I sent her the followed pictures ~ One is a Caricature of a 'more serious' person, one is an Oil-paint sketch, one is a photo of my Studio wall, and one is a close-up of one of those Pastels that it on that wall.

Every Real Artist is different. Every new picture is unexplored territory. Some people like what comes out of me.


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To Hire Artist Alison Gelbman:
(516) 579-4706
optidust@gmail.com