Friday, October 31, 2008

Portfolio Showcase: Scary Self-Portrait (for Halloween)

Hey everyone (I really wonder how many people see this, actually...). Thanks to everyone for the good wishes about my wife's illness. We have a lot of support, and hearing from everyone definitely helps keep our spirits up.

I also want to remind everyone that the deal I mentioned in my previous post for the t-shirts is still active. I'd really like to fill a bunch of orders, because, frankly, the medical bills are beginning to pile up, so we could really use the extra money around here. I hope that doesn't sound too much like begging, so let's just say it's more of a plea. Thanks for understanding.

Since it's Halloween, I thought I'd post something that is appropriate to the occasion. Then I realized I'd used up all of my scary illustrations a couple of years ago! So, in lieu of that, I decided to put something up that I've been told is a little scary. The original self portrait I had on my website (it's still in the portraits section)was a painting I did while in school at SVA. I always thought it turned out pretty well, so I thought it was a good piece to have on my website. However, when I began teaching several years ago, my students, who were kids (as opposed to college students) began to go to my website to see my work. Their parents did too, sometimes before the classes began each semester. Many of them would come into the first day of class and tell me they were worried that I might be mean, as the picture on my website was so scary. I was actually surprised to hear this, although I really shouldn't have been. Back when I was in school, I fancied myself to be kind of artsy, so I went for a piece that was a bit moody. So, really it was intentional that it looked that way, but it had been so many years, and I'd gotten so used to seeing it, that it didn't really occur to me that it wasn't the most... shall we say, welcoming portrait to have as my opening page!

So I finally updated it with a new self-portrait and relegated the original to the aforementioned portraits section. Here's the original. I'll let you make your own judgment about whether it's "scary" or not:

Happy Halloween!



Unknown said...

Hey Rich- The older self-portrait has that grid in front of you and could suggest you're a criminal-type being contained by a wire fence - so perhaps a little scarier.

I have two red-headed nieces, ages 9 & 5, that could have been models for your drama queen image - can you do youth sizes for these shirts? They'd be a perfect & unique thing to get for a Christmas gift.

Rich Faber said...

Hi Robert,

Yeah, the grid was there as a guideline to help reproduce the photo from which I worked (the assignment was to duplicate a photo as precisely as possible, using a grid, and painting each box of the grid individually). I think I was the only one in class who left the grid there, my reasoning being that since I had drawn the grid on the photo, it was technically now a part of the photo to be reproduced. Or something like that. I was young, and an art student. Things like that seemed important.

I suppose it does add to the scary, or perhaps mysterious nature of the piece.

As for the shirts, I do have youth sizes. I should have specified that in my post. Sorry. Please email me at rich(underscore)faber(at)comcast(dot)net, and I'll let you know what I have.

Thanks for writing!