helen (portrayed above) did a last minute portrait swap with kerstin (below).
are you chewing your fingernails yet?
when i was younger, my family and i used to have portrait parties. we would congregate in the living room every few months and turn our attention from person to person, drawing everyone in the room. it was such a pleasure and so normal in my life that trading portraits became a regular event when i left for college, when i moved to new towns, when i met new friends or favorite artists. tommy kane suggested that it would make a good website. so, that's what this is... AND YOU'RE INVITED!
i was kind of kidding that anyone could challenge jeannette's lead in the current portrait party contest. at this rate though and with the help of more artists like karen (portrayed above), kerstin (below) could actually do it.
i have to confess that i'm a little bit nervous. i already started jeannette's portrait.
if anyone wants to give jeannette a run for her money, just do a portrait swap every day of the week for the rest of the month! (i think that's the only way to catch up.)
aaron renier (portrayed above) created one of my favorite comics, Spiral-Bound. one of the many characters in his story is a dog named stucky (portrayed below). while his classmates work on pinch pots in the art room, stucky creates a larger-than-life fully functional clay submarine that is put to use in the climax of the book. it's hard not to love stucky. his ambition and his perseverance are inspiring. can you imagine how delighted i was to discover that stucky is actually a portrait of aaron's good friend, craig thompson? and the submarine is craig's comic book masterpiece, Blankets.
lance (portrayed above) is hosting a portrait party even more ambitious than this one. on Draw Me Draw You, he promises to draw charicatures of anyone who draws him. it's obviously a lot of work but i look forward to his updates. here is his trade with olli juutilainen (below).
tato (portrayed above) hadn't seen his son, edel (below) in a year or so. he was up for anything when they got together on memorial day. they had a portrait party.
edel uploaded both portraits to drawger to show his dad how this whole internets thing works.
my wife (portrayed above) christened her new journal this evening with a bunch of one minute portraits (below) of me! i think we were in agreement that, when drawing against a clock, the first portrait is always painful but the last one's pretty fine.