After studying Franz Messerschmidt´s late sculptures, I became interested in the powerful expressions of his Character Heads series. This ongoing project, My First Impression of You, is a series of hundreds of 12”x12” charcoal portraits that explore the psychiatry behind grimaces and the connections with the subconscious mind.
I will draw high-speed charcoal portraits of you and anybody else who decides to participate. These drawings should take approximately 2 minutes each. My intention is to draw hundreds of 12”x12” charcoal portraits and then put them together to create a very large and expressive artwork. The apporximate size I have in mind for the final artwork is 600" x 120".
My hope is to use the power of online communities to create a collaborative artwork of enormous proportions. Please consider participating.
What’s Behind the Idea of Drawing so Fast?
When I draw as fast as I can, I leave little or no time for conscious thoughts, and this allows me to achieve stronger-than-usual psychological expressions.
Drawing really fast allows me to put down on paper things that I would otherwise not see. The goal is NOT to create a realistic portrait of the sitter, but rather to extract the life and spirit of the model (you) and capture a specific mood in time for each person.
How will I Create Your Portrait?
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If you wish to participate, there is no cost to you. However, if you want to donate anything to the project and be a patron of the arts, I will gladly accept any donations. The money will be used for anything related to this project such as art supplies, framing, art transportation, exhibits, etc.