Going Out On A Limb

Drawing became stressful to me long ago for a silly reason.  I became too hard on myself, and would criticize my work if it did not come out exactly as I intended.  As such, I would only show people a drawing that I’d worked long and hard to perfect.  (After a time, I slowed down to drawing only a few times a year.)  Much of my work went unseen, even, in a way, by myself.  That’s one of the reasons I like to go through the plethora of drawings I’ve done after much time has passed; I can distance myself emotionally from the work, and find more satisfaction.

This emotional backdrop also no doubt contributes to my being so moved by the story of Cassandra Bankson, a very pretty nineteen-year-old model from California who reveals her acne-ridden, unmade-up face in a ten-minute youTube tutorial on making up your….you guessed it:  acne-ridden face.  She achieves a flawless look with make-up, but what’s more amazing is how this young woman steps out of her comfort zone in order to help others.  What a mensch!

Cassandra Bankson Shows How To Create Flawless Skin Despite Acne

I read about Cassandra in a magazine, and I found her face so compelling that I had to draw it.  I grabbed the nearest writing utensil (a fine black magic marker) and some paper destined for the recycling pile, and just blew out a drawing.  This was going (for me) WAY out of my own comfort zone:  my preferred drawing media is pencil and eraser.  Taking a stab at a facial portrait with a pen is stressful because you know you can’t make corrections.  And if you hate getting a picture wrong, this does not bode well.  Especially if you plan to show it to people.

I would not say I nailed this pic (if I’d done it with pencil, I’d be able to expand the jawline and improve the facial proportions), but for some reason I was pleased with the result….I somehow captured her essence, and that is what I usually am most going for.  So despite its imperfections, I release this pic in the spirit of Cassandra Bankson’s willingness to go out on a limb.  My hat is off to her (and my concealer is ON) for her contribution, which I am sure has helped many, many people.  You go, girl.


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2 Responses to Going Out On A Limb

  1. totsymae1011 says:

    I saw this young lady on a morning news show and they showed a video. Pretty creative with that make-up, she is. Your drawing shows a strong likeness to her also. Don’t be so hard on yourself. 🙂

  2. Coming from a talented artist such as yourself, that means a lot. Thank you!! 🙂

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