Potrait Night 3/8 (W.H. Auden)

Tonight’s portrait night subject is writer W.H. Auden, as suggested by Eric Newsom via Twitter. This isn’t a bad likeness, but it’s definitely a lot more literal/less cartoony than I’d like. I need to try next week to really, really push things toward a more abstract and less detailed rendering. I should really subject myself to the proverbial “taste of my own medicine” and do this great Ted Stern caricature exercise that I’ve occasionally made my students do.

If you’d like to suggest a #portraitnight subject, you can do so either via the comments section here, or via my Twitter.


  1. Eric says:

    I like how you used texture to avoid over-rendering the wrinkles.

  2. Eric says:

    …Sorry for rapid fire comments. I forgot to mention that your inking/shading on this is reminiscent of Charles Burns, and I mean that in the best way possible.

  3. Ben says:

    Anything that involves the phrases “your inking” and “Charles Burns” I take as a huge complement… so, thanks!

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