Friday, February 20, 2009

Portrait exercise - An Ex-Soldier

oil on card 15x20cm

This is a quick one-day piece done last week from a photo in an Observer magazine. Now dry enough to scan.

It’s a bit of a breakthrough piece for me. I had decided to spend a far greater proportion of time on looking and checking before applying any paint, and as a result, my drawing here was much more accurate and informative.

It seems as though my ‘looking muscle’ is showing signs of its former fitness. Still a lot of hard work to do, but at least this little sketch was a bit of a reward on the way.

The subject is Duane Telfer, who served in the British Army in Afghanistan and Iraq, where he suffered a nervous breakdown after his friend and colleague was mortally wounded and died in front of him.

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