A tribute to our Madiba
|525 x 380 mm|
Pencil on 160 gsm untextured paper
More or less on the heels of the Einstein Commission, I was asked to do a drawing of Madiba. However before we had even decided on the photo, the legend passed away. Which gave the whole process a very serious air - this had to be more than just an accurate representation of our late president, it was to be a tribute, lovingly rendered and thought upon, with my main goal to capture his compassion.
This was the biggest drawing I'd ever attempted, double my usual A3 size, and as such I was looking forward to it, but also quite nervous. Usually the details are small enough that I can improvise to a degree, but in this photograph every line and pore was there, and had to be accurately depicted. It took more patience than I thought I had, but was very much satisfying in the end!
|The second attempt at the eyes - the first were so nervously drawn that I had to start over, |
wasting the first evening of work completely, and making me quite nervous!
|Progress - (the unsightly cardboard added to my easel for stability)|
|More or less done with the face, except for final touches|
|The second attempt at the hair, the first attempt |
dutifully erased after another wasted evening of work
|Detail (and my favourite part of the drawing, the upper lip)|
|I struggled to avoid a little smudging while working on the jacket, but only the |
guide lines were smudges, none of the final pencil strokes!
|(edit) Proud owner Roan van Vuuren after the delivery!|