Welcome to Art Friday! I’m compartmentalising my different art forms now. 🙂 In the near future I will write something about why I do that. Today, however, I am posting a drawing I started ages ago, but only just finished:
It is a portrait of little Bran Stark, well known to those who watch Game of Thrones. Just to be clear, I have only watched the first season so far, because I watch it with my dad and he prefers to have subtitles. In any case, after the first couple of episodes I had my favourite characters, and little Bran was one of them. Looking for photos from the series online, I found this great photo of him with his fur cloak and just had to draw it. It often works for me that way with portraits. I fall in love with a television show, film, character or band and get so inspired by it that I have to express that inspiration somehow. Drawing portraits has been my default reaction for about ten years now! If you want to have a look at some of my other portraits, just check the ‘portraits’ section of this website under the ‘Art’ tab.
Alright, back to little Bran. Let me start by saying that I am not 100% satisfied with the drawing. But then again, out of the hundreds of portraits I have drawn, there is only one that I am 100% happy with (come back next Friday to find out which portrait that is!). Suffice to say that I am very, very good at seeing my own flaws. I am my own worst critic. So what are the flaws? Well, the fur was a difficult element to capture and I don’t think I did it very well. It’s definitely not up to my usual standard of drawing fabrics. In fact, the rest of his clothes aren’t all that great either. Something else that dissatisfies me is the face (especially the eyes), but that has a lot to do with the fact that he is so young and has virtually no wrinkles or imperfections in his face. I love wrinkles, they add interesting shadows to a face. 🙂
So what am I happy with? Well, it looks like him. And I feel like I have captured his character and emotion quite well. If you remember, this was the moment Bran witnessed his first decapitation. When I drew this portait I kept that moment in mind, combined with my knowledge of the same scene from the book, and tried to capture Bran’s state of mind. I feel I have done so reasonable well. There’s a kind of seriousness in his face. Technically, I am quite happy with the hair. It turned out perfectly alright.
That concludes this review of my own artwork. Do you agree with my assessment? Do you have other remarks? Advice? Comments? I’d love to hear them!