This page is a kind of anti-appendix, in
that its function is to share the process of my preparing for MOONPATH
TENEMENT, and then to share the work in progress once underway.
I will stop short of posting completed pages. This project demands
a certain level of commitment to research, and I think it might
prove entertaining and educating to post my findings as I go.
I am posting these images to give you an opportunity to see my characters
evolve from scratch to finish. It will go like this: First, I attempt
to just capture the basic features. Then I evolve to getting the
personality across. Then my style, as it comes to rest within the
characters, emerges. Then, finally, the characters settle under
my command.To start off, I will be drawing straight from photographs.
Soon, though, come the free-form renderings.
It's a very engaging, but tedious process
for me, so it helps to have this little forum as a point of motivation,
however slight. As the drawings of the characters amass, I will
give them their own pages.
Coming soon: Sketches of the Thomas Wolfe
bording house, and a detailing of my interactions with the Thomas
Many more character studies
of Dostoevsky coming! I haven't come close to capturing that faint
look of warmth/despair/humor, a strange blend which speaks of Dosty's
"edge". It's strange, because his face is so sternly put
together, and his eyes are dark like a shark's, yet there is a contrasting,
humble quality which seems to emit from the brow and mouth. It's
his personality showing through his visage.
This is taken from a photo of a young Virginia
(pre-marriage/Woolf). It is my first rendering of her, and I have
done nothing but fail at capturing even the most obvious signatures
of her horribly fascinating face. My problem is that I am too astounded
by her startling cast of features; the bulb-like eyes, at once wild,
amused, with a kind suspicious cunning - ackwardly damning.
Don't get me started on her lips, my God.
Her nose is quite peculiar. More on that
For those of you unfamiliar with her appearance,
I'll be grinding the lead to introduce her to you. For those of
you familiar, I will bring her forward, just bear with me.
Much, much more coming. I will be
updating this page constantly.