Friday, September 10, 2010

a few recent portraits



While I've been back in Istanbul, I've been busy with a few portraits— two for the Moly-X Portrait Exchange, and one drawing of Melissa drinking a tea. I snapped the photo of Melissa when we stopped at a little tea house on the way down from our Shivapuri hike, taking shelter from the pounding rain. I really liked the photo, and planned on using it as a reference for a future drawing that I'd send to her as a gift— which is precisely what I did.

The portraits in the first Moleskine below are of artist Emma Kidd, accompanied by yours truly, getting away with stealing your Love letters. I've been holding onto Emma's book for a while now, wallowing in a creative block. I'm such a huge fan of Emma's, and while we're in several exchanges together, I got nervous every time I put my pen to the paper. I really wanted something bright and exciting, with an element of fantasy, reflecting her artwork. I must say I'm quite proud of the result. The book is now on its way to America, to be drawn in by another artist in the exchange.



In the second set of portraits above, I'm standing beside the multi-talented artist Jan Allsopp, staring in awe or expectation, at the mischievous crows who are stealing our necklaces. I'm not sure why I've been into the concept of thievery lately— I suppose the idea of taking something that doesn't belong to you fascinates me. It's not something I really understand.

9 comments:

Julia Kelly said...

These are absolutely beautiful- the swirl of the steam from the coffee and the gold pen-on the next page- I have been intrigued by crows lately so love the thief one! Very nice-

szaza said...

Thanks so much Julia!
I absolutely love crows— I was actually drawing a pair right now.

There are these two that I feed walnuts from my roof. They eventually started peering in the window while waiting for me. It's quite a sight!

lilasvb said...

beautifull portraits

szaza said...

Thank you!

Maria said...

so gorgeous! i love them all!!

freekhand said...

soo beautiful, I love them so much!!!

szaza said...

Thank you so much, Maria and Miguel!

black bear cabin said...

these are gorgeous! i love the notes turning into origami birds...sooo much going on in the piece...very exciting!

szaza said...

Thanks so much, Lisa!