So after some coaxing by many of you, I decided to try my first doodlewash portrait. This is sketched from a photo of Philippe that I took a few years ago, and believe it or not, we were still in Kansas City! This is the Westport neighborhood that I mentioned in a previous post and an old British phone booth there. And this doesn’t quite look like Philippe.
I realized the reason I’m personally not a fan of portraits is that I’m not very good at getting a likeness of a specific person. A fraction of a line off here or there and suddenly you’ve made an entirely different person or worse, something dark and unnatural that doesn’t look human at all.
It’s not very satisfying and really stressful for me. In short, I don’t really enjoy doing portraits. I still prefer architecture, animals, birds and people just hanging out in the background of a scene without trying to step up and grab focus. Philippe says I should keep trying them, so I’ll probably give it another shot somewhere down the road, but not right away.
I still like the outcome as I thought the phone booth turned out fairly well, and this does indeed look like some man is standing in front of one. It’s also fun that it’s still a shot of Kansas City and not somewhere in London. Behind this particular phone booth is a red caboose which adds to the unexpected atmosphere of this area of the city.
Westport was originally a town that was annexed by Kansas City in 1897. Now it’s a prime entertainment district with shops, restaurants, bars and night clubs. This weekend was the annual Westport Art Fair where they block off the street to display work from top artists showcasing their original art, unique jewelry, fine crafts and more. We didn’t go this year, preferring to stay home and quietly doodlewash our own little pieces of art, far away from the crowds.