This isn’t really a portrait and Paddy didn’t sit still for it, it’s just a picture of my mate at thekitchen table.
He was chatting to Michelle sitting next to me as I drew. I’ve decided it’s goodto deal with the real world in which people don’t sit still and shift about, like with thecafe drawings. I’d like to be ableto draw people whether they’re moving or not. Some paintings I see which were done beforethe invention of photography, especially of children, I think, “How did they get that?” There’s acharcoal portrait Sargent did of one of his friends singing and playing the piano. Apparentlyhe asked her to sing some of her favourite songs and then drew her as she sang. Now that’s skill,to draw someone while they’re moving AND produce a beautiful drawing.
This drawing didn’tcome out all that well in terms of the proportions and the strength of the drawing etc, but it hasa passingresemblance to Paddy and because of that I like to have it around.
Posted 17th April 2006
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