Even though I put aside all concern for proportion and representational accuracy when making this piece, I’m still drawn to it.
This painting was created without a reference image. Sometimes a face will come to mind, complete with light and emotion, and I will paint it.
This digital painting is not a portrait of a real person. It came to mind in 2020 around the time of George Floyd’s murder.
This is one of my first ventures into painting an image from my mind. It felt like painting a dream even though I rarely ever remember any of the faces in my dreams.
In March of 2020 I decided that I wanted to paint faces without looking at any reference images. Instead, I drew a skull and then added flesh it it. This was the result.