The only ‘great’ portrait (from a portrait) I ever painted was of Copernicus. I was about ten years old when I had a few unsuccessful attempts to paint a portrait of someone and endured a constant frustration of not getting it right. Then I picked an easy target. Copernicus had a uniquely shaped easily reproducible hair style that played great cover for reproduction of his facial features and facial expression. By adding hanging stars, a moon and a few planets in the background, nobody ever attempted to question my result of Copernicus’ head-to-body dis-proportionality. If only my audience knew that I was in fact mastering “bubble head” art, but that never transpired.
The artist’s work in progress was quite an intriguing experience as well. I don’t ever recall seeing a creation of a portrait of someone with a tool other than a camera.
The transformation process began. Talent and skill for sure on display. Time is a definite factor. Lots of patience. Interesting styles, techniques and attempts from each artist. Each artist worked with different tools, materials, assortment of necessary colours, canvas sizes and in different locations relative to the subject. It all started with straight and curved lines or just shading. It was interesting to also see how geometry and measurements are actually necessary to draw a proportional head-to-body human portrait, something I totally ignored on Copernicus.
I must say all were fabulous end results but it was the work in progress that left me with a new experience and greater appreciation of the work of an artist.
Anna Lozyk Romeo, Editor’s Notes
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