With my portrait illustrations, my heart usually leads me to emphasize the charm of faces that look as if they have known suffering. I see beauty in these faces precisely because of their sadness. Most of our days are filled with longing for connection and the hope of being understood. Given how much of life is tragic at the core, I often explore the gaze of a saddened face because while being in the presence of a shared grief and melancholy, it’s not necessary to put up a front of manufactured cheerfulness. To truly appreciate anything in life, you must understand that you will lose it one day, lest you take it for granted. The vulnerability of acknowledging this pain of existence awakens the spirit to make the most out of every single moment in life.
All my work is half hand-made, half digital. Drawings are all done on pencil and oil pastels then the drawings get scanned onto the computer, and coloring is done on Photoshop and Procreate.
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