I saw this homeless guy last winter on train. Because of his occupation no one wanted to sit next to him. I don't know why but the image struck me and I took a quick picture of him, thinking that hopefully one day I can use it for something.
This semester in one of my classes the professor gave us an assignment to do an oil painting featuring a figure in a state of deep emotion and immideatly thought of the guy on the C train. Looking closer at the photo I realized that he had a wedding band on his finger. I wondered what had happened to his wife., why he never pawned his ring, what is his story. The empty space next to him now was reminicent of a broken umbrella - a torn apart alone human being.
Sketch and idea approved, I am moving on the next round of a refined sketch and the painting.
These are some more sketches from my recent visit to the Renaissance Fair in Tuxedo park. The guys in the first sketch are the fortune tellers in a Mystics Way alley just past the Archers and right before Hawker's Pub. I caught them towards the end of the day and it seemed that all the fortunes they have told and seen that day had worn them out.
The second sketch is of a "Barbarian" who was giving a demo on wood cutting and of the observers who gathered to learn and even participate. I situated myself a bit too far to hear the stories that he told but it gave me a chance to observe without disturbing anyone.
Weird days create weird creatures. Not that this guy is particularly weird but he is definitely confused and may be even a little dizzy.
So this is Makar. Why Makar? Who knows. But that name suits him. I think he is a brownie, a household elf with some bad ass attitude sometimes. But we like him. He is extremely lovable (when and if he is in a good mood). If he isn't, you better hide; he fumes like a dragon. As a general rule, if you wash the dishes, keep your room clean and put things back to their place, he won't have any beef with you. But boy or boy will he be angry if you don't....
Today Makar is very surprised. Well, shocked really. When he woke up this morning, he found the whole house upside down and filled with muddy paw prints all over the the place! He was so amazed to see this that he nearly swallowed his tongue!