SketchBook Sunday: Faces, Forms (and Illusions)


Kind of a boring post, really – but I have been missing portraiture for too long and just wanted to try my hand at it again. There are various projects in the back of my head for this discipline, but with the little free time I can spare at the moment, short practice with ink is most fitting. Each portrait below took me about 10-15 minutes.

I partly got the incentive back by investing in the facsimile of Charles Bargue and Jean-Léon Gérome’s drawing plates, Cours de Dessin, that I had mentioned earlier this year. If you are not allergic to late French academicism, it is actually quite modern in terms of form and construction of the human figure. It is easy to see the influence on the contemporary Russian academicism, for instance.


(I told you there wasn’t much!)

Until next week,



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