Friday, June 21, 2013

Self portrait after Leloir: NSFW

I recently completed this drawing after some 4 months of it hanging in process on my studio wall. It was a bit of a labour of love as it's not particularly for any show/body of work, but more of a technical and emotional exploration.

A third of the way into the drawing the paper fell off the wall and was too damaged to repair so I had to start over - subjecting my poor studiomates to a couple more months of seeing my me naked (twice) every time they walked in to the loft. Sorry, guys.


Drawing by Joel Daniel Phillips
Self Portrait After Leloir, Charcoal and Graphite on Paper, Approx 6x8ft.

Alexander Louis Leloir
Jacob Wrestling the Angel, Oil, Alexander Louis Leloir, 1865
Drawing by Joel Daniel Phillips
Detail. My favorite bit ended up being the hand on the chin and the cast shadow from the forearm. 
The drawing is lifesize, (approx 6x8ft) and was an attempt to explore the tension between current and past understandings of faith and religion. The image is a loose recreation of Alexander Louis Leloir's incredible panting Jacob Wrestling the Angel (1865).
Drawing by Joel Daniel Phillips
Detail 1. My favorite bit ended up being the hand on the chin and the cast shadow from the forearm. 



Drawing byJoel Daniel Phillips
Detail 2


It was a really fun technical exercise to do a self portrait, it'd been a while since I'd done that. I photographed me wrestling my younger brother and then changed his face and differentiated features to my own when drawing. 

My sincere apologies if my nakedness scarred anyone.