Friday, February 01, 2008

finally


I told someone a while back that I would post a sketch. Here is a sketch of a man whose face was in a book which was about to be dropped in a garbage can until I saw his face and snatched it out so I could sketch him. His name is George Kennan, it said, but I still don't know who he is. But he sure did need to be sketched. I need to touch him up more but oh, what a gloriously square head he has.

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

Awsome sketch!!!

Anonymous said...

That rocks!!!!

Trée said...

Excellent job O, especially on the hands, which are incredibly hard to sketch. Your talents continue to amaze me my dear beautiful soul. Thanks also for thinking about me. Warmed my heart more than you know. :-)

Oliviah said...
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Oliviah said...

Trée, I am still concerned about you; I do hope you are doing well. Much love to you ALWAYS!

Oliviah

jane said...

Wow, I gotta agree with you on this: If ever there were a face meant to be sketched, it is his.

Beautiful work. Absolutely beautiful.

Oliviah said...

I'm glad you like it Jane, I'd like to do him again from a lot of different angles. One of these days I'll hunt his name on the internet

Oliviah said...

Haa...um...I realize that didn't sound quite exactly like I meant for it to...

I meant---I'd like to SKETCH him again from a lot of different angles.

There.

I have corrected myself and now we can all sleep well tonight.

Whew.

Oliviah

Anonymous said...

Hello Oliviah! I think you are an amazing artist...and this is just one of the many drawings I have seen of yours that goes to prove just that! Many would get bogged down at trying to overly "detail" a drawing, but not you! you give us full perfect "mass" of hand with just a few sparse lines...same with the head and the chin, you say so much with so little! It is refreshing today to see someone "true" to their own visions, in subject matter but especially where technique is concerned...using only what is necessary to revel an image of raw emotional intensity! BRAVO! please post more like this!

Capt. Nemo said...

We know what you said and we know what you meant.... hee hee hee hee hee.

Anonymous said...

This is a great Drawing! With just a few lines and limited modeling you demonstrated the "mass" of the hand perfectly I also loved the top of the head and the chin, surperb rendering and the abundance of texture... In this day and age of "photorealism" and "refined" drawing it is refreshing to see real feeling and authenticity! Love the composition also, the diagonal in the background adds even more drama...PLEASE POST MORE OF YOUR DRAWINGS, I really think you have something here! Serious!! Joey K

Icarus said...

Hi, O. Thanks, first.
I went straight to wikipedia, which told me that this has to be the same George Kennan who was a diplomat, US Ambassador to the USSR for 4 months in 1952, then Yugoslavia. Which will do.
Intersting to compare an old photo there (no moustache) with your sketch.
How talented you are! Have recently discovered that Hieronimus Bosch captured me and my essence in two works 10 years apart, around 1490 & 1500. Amazing. Also a talent!!!

Kissinhos,
Sxxxxxxxxxxx

Oliviah said...

Joey, I don't even know where to begin to answer a comment that means as much to me as yours does. You have taught me so many things in such a short time, not just art related...things about life and what real friendship means. I am glad to have known you. xo

Oliviah said...

Icarus, thank you, I hadn't even thought to give wikipedia a look over, I'll be sure to do so. That sounds interesting. Hugs and kisses to you, Oliviah

Deb said...

This is a wonderful sketch, such character. Oliviah, you are so talented.

Oliviah said...

Thanks Deb :-)

Autumn Storm said...

I can see why upon seeing your sketch just why you fished him out, a tale he tells with every crease and that faraway look as though he is remembering yesteryear..wonderful work, Oliviah.

tsduff said...

Great picture - amazing it is to me how anyone can capture something by drawing. You have so many facets to your mysterious self. And bravo to Icarus for tracking down the scoop on your head :)

Oliviah said...
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Oliviah said...

Thank you Autumn and Terry. :-)

KSHIPPYCHIC said...

Wonderful! I only wish my people drawings ended up looking like people! LOL! Mine end up leaning towards the abstract, as I can't seem to get proportions onto paper correctly yet. You have done a beautiful job! :)

Oliviah said...

Kshippychic, it just makes my day when you drop in, glad you like the sketch.

I wasn't sure how this sketch was going to go over, to tell you the truth.

I thought about posting a sketch of something that would be graceful and lovely & hopefully be generally pleasing--but then I saw his face and that was all there was to it. I had to post him.

I'm pretty darn impressed by what you do, btw!