I started making these portraits of my friends recently—they’re based on still images but basically rotoscoped to look like they’re moving. Somewhere between Vine portraits and blind contour, these wiggly-weird mugs capture more life and movement than just a still photo. The shading and lightening is based on a technique from my early drawing classes, where you start with a middle ground (usually a piece of paper colored gray with charcoal) and lighten and darken in places to pull a subject forward.

RYAN

 

Ryan

 

 

darcy

 

Darcy

 

 

richard

 

Richard

 

 

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Karolyn

 

 

alyssa

 

Alyssa

 

 

cristina1

 

Cristina

 

 

abby1

 

Abigail