This is drawing #1 of my own created weekly challenge to produce a piece of intuitive portrait art, by way of encouraging myself to practise art more regularly again.
The idea was to also include a short story about the person in the picture if it came to me. However, all I have right now is a name ‘Vladikov’, and a sense that this man is Greek-Russian. He seems to be very much at peace with his lot in life, though not without some feelings of regret. I don’t always have a strong connection with the personalities that I draw, hence why I’m getting very little information from him at the moment. As with all my drawings, this is a work in progress and I will continue to fiddle about with it and add to the background scenery. For two short day’s work however, I am very pleased with the result.
You can see him here standing on the easel in my studio/workshop.
I used a combination of graphite sticks, charcoal pencil and a putty rubber to create the tonal differences.
I also like the reflection of a person standing to Vladikov’s side which is just about visible in the metal hip-flask that he is holding in his exposed hand.
17 thoughts on “Intuitive Portraits – Weekly Challenge #1 – Vladikov”
You continue to wow me everyday! Beautiful portraits
Thank you Noel! 🙂
Very nice! You are quite talented with words AND the brush/charcoal 🙂
Thank you for your inspiring comment 🙂
What a wonderful sketch, Ishaiya! I’m glad you added the zoomed view, I had thought he was drawing a knife when I first looked, which gives it an entirely different meaning and impression.
Amazing perspective and detail, and the reflection is quite intriguing. Magical work.
I wasn’t really quite sure what he was holding, it changed from the outset to where the drawing is now. Still a work in progress and I’m sure it’ll become clear, or not! 🙂
Thank you for your lovely comments, and for the choice in name 🙂
I like the idea of a flask better, if only because of the emotional look on the face reflected, and the fact that I prefer fluffy bunnies to grim reapers, but realize they both exist on this earthly plane.
I’m looking forward to your further progress-these sketches are so very intriguing-what a talent…
Thank you Paul, I’ve missed doing them. I see the faces regardless everywhere I go, but it’s nice to record some of them with pencil again.
He is certainly an intriguing character and one I feel I may have drawn before from another angle. Some subjects return frequently I’ve realised, and it’s certainly nice to see familiar faces.
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Oh wow Devan, I don’t know what to say. It’s so wonderfully kind of you. I’m touched that you would consider me. Thank you! 🙂 x
I love your blog!! Congratulations!
Aww thank you so much Devan.
I tired following the link, but nothing came up. 🙂
I’ve been having issues with that. If you just click on my picture above, it should take you there. Sorry about that!
Ok I’ll try that 🙂
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I’ve found the link now. I like the way you did the nominations. I wasn’t quite sure how to deal with it when I received my first award because I didn’t want to exclude anyone, but I think you have the right idea. Thanks Devan x
You’re welcome! 🙂