The idea of creating a portrait from memory or imagination really freaked me out. I don’t know why and couldn’t think how to start. So I began by making a couple of quick collages using images from recent colour supplements. In fact I really rather like the one on the right with the cat ears. Started to draw from this but not in itself very satisfactory – trying to make it a face instead of what it is.
And then I remembered seeing on the bus a very young mother with a new born baby. It was a particularly poignant scene because her mother was sitting next to her and the new mother was breastfeeding her baby. In order to retain her dignity her mother was holding a scarf over the baby whilst her other hand rested on her daughter’s shoulder. I was really touched by this scene with one generation supporting the next in this very protective but not overwhelming way.
Anyway with this image in my mind I started to draw and am interested and intrigued by what I have produced. This does look in some way like a Madonna and child and more surprisingly there are aspects of the face that are reminiscent of the young mother I saw the day before. It is not her, it is not the best drawing (proportionally) but I have captured something of the moment that I witnessed.
Otto Dix style head
Egon Shiele style figure
Just added these two drawings in because I like them!