Reflections on Lockdown #1

Howdy doody folks,

How’ve you all been doing under lockdown?

I’ve been doing lots of art.

Mainly sketching, painting with acrylics and photography.

Today, I thought I’d focus on portrait sketching. Most of it is in pencil, some chalk pastel and a little bit of charcoal.

You might even spot the odd bit of Amazon packaging for canvas when I ran out of paper.

Reference wise, some of them are life drawings, a lot from photographs and a few from other people’s paintings.

Apart from it being good practice, it’s also very good for your mental health. And, let’s face it, we all need to look after our noodles. Especially when Barack Obama stares at you like that all day.

I’ll post a few of my acrylic portraits at some stage. They’re a bit more experimental. With the emphasis on ‘mental’.

Follow me on Instagram: @milligancroft

Remember folks: Art is Medicine!



Filed under Animals, Art, Children, community, Contemporary Arts, Creativity, Education, Ideas, Illustration, Inspiration, mental health

3 responses to “Reflections on Lockdown #1

  1. Wow, what a variety. I am interested in how you captured idiosyncrasies and quirks that make each portrait go beyond just a representation.

    • Thank you Claudia that’s very kind of you. I’m not sure I know the answer to your question. I am fascinated by people’s faces. I know it’s obvious – but every one is so unique, it tells its own story. Perhaps it’s that. Or the eyes. Eyes capture emotion. Or expression. I don’t actually know. But thank you for your kind words.

      • It sounds to me the way I think about buildings. There is no building that doesn’t interest me and I see personality in all of them, so when I draw, as you say, I try to tell the story each one is showing me, like you mention with faces.

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