The Boys

"The Boys" 11" x 14", Colored Pencil on Paper

This was a very fun conglomeration of four different photographs. The portrait was commissioned by their mother who did a fantastic job describing each boy’s personality and interests. In the words of their mother, Zack (in green) and Josh (in blue) are the “goof balls,” Ben (in purple) is more serious, and Nick (in tan) is the sensitive one out of the group.

One alteration was their clothing. To incorporate a sense of togetherness I had them all wear the same style of shirt with a folded collar. However, because they are so unique – and to provide visual interest  – each shirt is a different hue.

Due to the fact that there are four subjects to draw the eye, I decided to keep the background as simple as possible. The focal point of the drawing is their faces. To guide the eye, I used the ripples in their shirts and especially Ben’s left arm – which helps create a triangular space in the middle of the picture. The triangle is one of the strongest and most well-balanced shapes one can incorporate in a drawing. Such subtle imagery creates a sense of stability and connection between the four brothers.


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