Drawing: Patsar

by Beauchamp Art



Oil pastel drawing, A3

This piece is not necessarily to be considered along side the rest of my work, through has involved bridging my drawing concerns over with the colour considerations that have become more prominent with the post-production of photographs, both documentary and as works in their own right.
Having gone through number of sketches leading up to this drawing, I had a fairly clear idea as to how I wanted to represent the figure, fragmented into rigid, linear forms, with a sense of non-arrogant pride, and a strong profile to the face, looking left as if to signify some sense of narrative retrogression. In the main sketch that this image was worked up from, the figure was thinner, leaning over more with more varied angles constructing his face, and a more downward pointing beard, however, this felt too melancholic, and too chaotic for the subject, who was to be colourful but stringent, though some sense of this solemnity may be present in the abundant use of blue throughout the drawing, particularly in the hard, cartoon-like outlines, contrasting with the warmer tones.
I originally intended to paint over this drawing with oils, however, I am fairly content with it as a drawing, and as it has to be transported shortly, painting it in full will not be possible. However, I may paint some key areas of contrast in at some point. The time restraint is due to it being a gift from my brother, whom is the subject of the image.
The title is a compound word formed from ‘Patrick’ and ‘Tsar’, due to the figure stylistically somewhat resembling a Russian Constructivist image; though more like the Cubist propaganda images of Lenin, and other figures of post-Tsarist Russia.