Suzanne Mancini, Profil Perdu. And thank you.

I mentioned earlier in the blog that Suzanne was willing to model for me when we didn’t know what would happen. I hadn’t drawn whole single portraits for some time. Some years of time. But she was willing to give it a try, and I can’t remember which was the first drawing, nor do I know if I have a picture of it, but I guess it went okay, because we tried again.
And because she was generous with her time and self I made some work that made me comfortable to offer to draw other friends, who were also brave enough to try an experience of being drawn, which is kind of a rare one. Being drawn. I was about to write, ‘these days,’ but then I reckon that being drawn has always been a rare experience, though relative to what, I’m not quite sure.
I mention Suzanne’s help and contribution to thank her again, thank you Suzanne, but also thank you to all of my friends who have sat there and let me try and spell with color a something of themselves on a sheet of paper.
Have you sat for your artist today?
There should be bumper stickers.

Your artist. I like the idea that everyone has an artist around here someplace. Now, where did I put that thing?

p.s. something essentially the same as this was posted at Tumblr. I’m don’t know if that means or matters.


Suzanne Mancini. Is it true you only draw self portraits?

a-brown-paper-drawing-of-suzanne-mancini-by-patrick-scott-vickers-before-she-moved-awaybrown paper drawing by patrick scott vickers ≈ 0005.031.2012

I used charcoal and Prismacolor for the white highlights. Like most of these style of portraits, and in particular of Suzanne, this drawing was a single sitting and it took a little less than forty-five minutes. Suzanne was too busy to try to duplicate a pose more than one sitting, and forty-five minutes makes for a time that doesn’t seem quite so formal.
This became the way I would do most of my drawn portraits, as being able to say to people, “Oh, you don’t have to sit still and it’ll take less than an hour.” tended to put people at ease. Maybe. I’m not sure people are ‘at ease,’ with me.