I’ve had a fair number of portrait pieces commissioned by the New Yorker over the last few years, coinciding with my break from Drawger. I’ve gradually learnt to tailor rough compositions to available reference, rather than proposing wonderful angles and settings, only to be scrabbling around for non-existent reference.
Achieving likeness is, of course, a challenge. I feel that it’s cheating to lift poses directly from photos, so, making a rod for my own back, I’ll often attempt to amalgamate various shots and take stills from Youtube footage.
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