06 September 2008


I have been looking for themes in all of the Community Sketchbook artists' works recently. I want to find common trends and group them altogether. So that brings me to this thought today. I found that there were several people who enjoy creating portraits. So here are several portraits by many of the artists in the Community Sketchbook.

Selbstportrait by Flaf
another side by danny mansmith
another side

autorretrato en vez de un resumen de historia del diseño by souu
autorretrato en vez de un resumen de historia del diseño
Fellow traveler by De Grootmeester
Fellow traveler
Untitled by Shawna Handke

Now for a little education: according to wikipedia, which is of course all-knowing, "a portrait is a painting, photograph, sculpture, or other artistic representation of a person, in which the face and its expression is predominant."

And for some historical context:
"The art of the portrait flourished in Roman sculptures, where sitters demanded realistic portraits, even unflattering ones. During the 4th century, the portrait began to retreat in favor of an idealized symbol of what that person looked like. (Compare the portraits of Roman Emperors Constantine I and Theodosius I at their entries.) In Europe true portraits of the outward appearance of individuals re-emerged in the late Middle Ages, in Burgundy and France."

Now, back to Community Sketchbook portraits.

Untitled by heidillustration

Untitled by bueno-antonioaugusto

Que llueva mostaza en la calle. by sharonNYC
Que llueva mostaza en la calle. August 24/25, 2008
Rabbit Girl by The Pairabirds
Rabbit Girl

Obviously, some of these sketches are more traditional than others.

I personally have been hearing a voice in the back of my head stating that I need to begin creating some self-portraits. Why? It's a free model and a fun way to entertain oneself. Plus, it's a good opportunity to stretch myself as an artist! So who else would like to stretch themselves and create a self-portrait?

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