Saturday, December 11, 2010

Youth and Age

The bus ride from downtown Florence to the airport takes twenty minutes.



Across from me, a mother tenderly holds her four-month-old baby girl. The baby rests on her mother’s shoulder. The little girl lifts her head from time to time, enjoying the feeling of balancing as the bus moves.



A man stands on the bus, looking out a window. His eyes scan the traffic. He glances at the people around him and smiles at the baby. He has taken a long journey inside his skin and bones since his mother held him on her shoulder.

7 comments:

Harry Dalkins said...

amazing that you managed to do that on public transport, I find it so hard to draw a moving target.

draigstudio said...

Very beautiful last statement.

DavidStill said...

Very nice grouping of lights and darks on the older man's face. I also like how when the light is blown out to white, the modeling takes place in the shadows.

Sfepa said...

I can't draw when somebody watching over my shoulder, but you did such a nice pictures!

Nick said...

I find drawing on trains the worst, which is odd because I assumed that since they're on tracks it'd be a smoother ride!

I love that portrait of the man. For a sketch done on a bus it's an astonishing portrait.

Marianne said...

Both portraits are lovely! Did you use water soluble colour pencils?

James Gurney said...

Thanks, everybody.

Marianne, yes, they're both done in water-soluble colored pencils. I only had time to quickly lay in the man's face before the bus arrived, so I finished that sketch from memory on the airplane.

I showed the sketch of the baby to the mom at the end of the bus ride so she'd know why I was staring so intently at her baby.