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.