Sunday, March 20, 2016

Old Man in Vieques


I met this old guy in Vieques and sketched his portrait. We were sitting across the street from a ruined building that used to be a sugar cane factory. He used to work there when he was young, but it closed down in this area 60 years ago.

Now the area is home to wild horses. But they're not really wild because people feed them. Hurricane Hugo killed hundreds of them, he said.

4 comments:

HNK said...

Amazing. I love such stories and sketches linked together.

Fabio Porta said...

I agree with HNK! It's not just about the portrait itself, it's also about the story. I guess it's easier to portray someone, even just sketching, by listening to a story he's telling. It's a great way to build knowledge for imaginary characters too, linking features and personality

James Gurney said...

I'm glad you responded to the interview aspect of it. Sometimes when someone's telling me their life story I find it hard to decide whether to write down quotes or keep sketching. Lately I've been trying to capture a bit of video and audio to combine later with a portrait "in the wild."

Mikael Madsen said...

Hey James I follow your blog. If you head out to the western side of the island I could show you around I live in Mayaguez and could take you to Bio lagoon trip in Parguera if you like. Shoot me an email nezzen79 at gmail.com Cheers! Mikael M.