Julia Kay’s Portrait Party
I draw my partner a lot. He is a good subject, because he sits a lot of the time behind his laptop, book, tv or sleeping, without moving too much. And he has an interesting face. But he doesn’t like it when I draw him, because he looks about 30 years older and 20 kg bigger than in reality.
I stumbled upon Julia Kay’s Portrait Party. Moderator Julia Kay writes about the Flickr group: “This group is a virtual Portrait Party in which artists draw each other from photos posted for that purpose. All members of the group are therefore both subjects of portraits and creators of portraits.” I joined the party so I can exercise to draw portraits without getting having problems with the subject I’m drawing. Julia Kay writes luckily: “If one wants to join the Party, you should be open to different interpretations of your photos – for instance, in my drawings people often look older and grumpier than they are (…). If this will make you uncomfortable, you shouldn’t participate.”
So I knew that I had to upload an photo and that others will draw me, but I didn’t really realize it till drawings of myself came online. It is fascinating to see so many versions of myself in so many different styles.
In the meanwhile I’m drawing portraits too, but I’m feeling a little bit apprehensive to upload it to the group, because the artistic level is so high. Today I gathered some some courage and uploaded three pages.