Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson

These are two of my favorite subjects. Specifically, I am interested in finding a way to capture a likeness of Emily Dickinson. The legendary daguerrotype of her bleaches her face a little bit and makes it difficult to pull out all the features I want. These two sketches were the result of several watercolor experiments that I was not happy with, so I’ve kept them in B & W. I actually gave up on Whitman’s portrait at one point because of his jacket and started scrawling all over it. A few moments later I realized the scrubbing was creating texture and I started appreciating the sketch again. I am disappointed with the sloppy job I did with Emily’s hand because the picture is otherwise one that I like a lot.

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