Thursday, June 18, 2009

Kirby Cooper PHD

Kirby (as he allows me to call him) was visiting his artist friend at the Open Studios last weekend. Even as he limped along with his cane, I thought he seemed to be an interesting person and had an even more interesting face.

As he was about to leave, I struck up a conversation with him and learned how he teaches enlisted soldiers 'Sadistics' [Statistics] at Travis Airforce Base and his cousin is a Juliard Alumni who now plays trumpet for the likes of Michael Buble and the Jonas Brothers. Jumaane Smith has the unique ability to hit a 3 chord note, something his mentor Wynton Marsalis cannot even do.

I did a quite sketch from the many photos he allowed to take of him using the 2 inch view finder screen on my camera. I gave him the original and that is why this photo is not the best quality of the 8x10 pen on paper rendering.

14 comments:

dominique eichi said...

THIS is a beautiful portrait sketch Sheila his expression is fabulous. You did a great job here I am sure you will hear about it from him again.

Edward Burton said...

WONDERFUL sketch, Sheila!

sam said...

Nice sketch Sheila:o)

David Larson Evans said...

Very nicely done young lady.

laurens.paint.palette said...

Your portraits are so amazing!

LiYaNa said...

beautiful sketch! spontaneous.. just loved your stroke.. do visit mine too..

Stephen Dell'Aria said...

Great portrait. He looks the part of an old sagacious man.

Sheila Vaughan said...

A really sensitive drawing Sheila - a wonderful expression on his face, so full of life!

Art with Liz said...

This is great Sheila. Love the way you just get the character of the person coming through with just a few pencil strokes!

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

nice.

Dean Grey said...

Sheila!

Isn't it interesting how each portrait has a story behind it? Or rather, how each subject has a story to tell.

-Dean

Werner Schätzle said...

Hallo,
schöne Bilder die du da malst,
Gruß Werner

L.Holm said...

Fantastic sketch, Sheila! It's masterful. What interesting people you're meeting!

Dewberry Fine Art said...

Love this Sheila. It is loose and gets the expression across wonderfully.