I’m starting to figure out the themes of the series of self-portraits that I had conceived of a few weeks back. A new idea that I have is about hiding what’s really happening underneath the surface; about having to act and behave like everything is fine when really it’s not. I think we’ve all experienced this to different degrees, and so I’m hoping there will be a universal appeal to this idea despite the fact that the topic is very personal. This combined with themes of self-loathing I think will make for a strong combination of emotional themes for the portraits. The portraits will be a companion series to the figurative pieces I’ll be working on.
Below is a study that I recently worked into this past week. The drawing is 24″ x 36″, and executed with etching ink and lithographic crayon.