Rembrandt and me.
These days between holidays do not give me enough time to invest in painting. So I practice my craft by drawing. Rembrandt did the same. I will go back and forth between my drawings and Rembrandt's. The drawings of Rembrandt's shown are self-potraits; all use line to create form, although technically they are etchings (which is actually a type of drawing which allows many copies to be printed). In Rembrandt's drawings one sees him repetitively test his ability to delineate exaggerated emotions. These exaggerations rarely appear in his paintings. As with me, his drawings are studies, practicing in order to comfortably describe more accessible emotions in his paintings. In our time we sometimes see comedians take on serious roles. Several comedians have been able to tone down their approach and be successful in serious acting, seemingly without effort (e.g. Jamie Foxx in "Ray" and Jerry Lewis in Martin Scorsese's "Kind of Comedy").
Here are my drawings from yesterday, interspersed with Rembrandt self-portraits. (My #2 and #3 drawings are mis-dated with 12/27/2010, they are from yesterday—12/28/2010).
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