Portrait January 2017, Day 2: Kamau

Day 2:

Digital pencil drawing of W. Kamau Bell, after his publicity photo
Drawing of W. Kamau Bell, after his publicity photo.

What I wrote about this at the time:

Portrait of comedian W. Kamau Bell, based on a publicity photo by John Novak on mr. Bell’s website.

I don’t know that much about Mr. Bell. He’s a socio-political comedian and dad, and a relative of writer N.K. Jemisin, who I follow on Facebook. Every once in a while she mentions him, and whenever the mention includes a photo of his face, he strikes me as more than a funny man – as a man of gravitas. Of course, when you look at his pictures, he’s also a man of chubby cheeks.

On Day 2, a bit of a pattern is already starting to emerge. While I didn’t do a great job on yesterday’s portrait of Ringo Starr, it was still a lot better than the average for last year. So I think I’m off to a good start. Also, I kinda like how I’ve done both drawings: with the default canvas size in Sketchbook, all pencils, no inking, no resizing when I’m done. It’s remarkably like working in the analog realm. I may keep on working like this for a while.