Before I go any further, let me just state for the record that I am in no way a two-faced person. Like, not at all! I’m genuine through and through 🙂 And I definitely have nothing in common with the fictional Two-Face character from the DC comics “Batman” series. Poor Harvey Dent became disfigured after having acid thrown in his face. Ewww.
However, when one is an artist’s model, you have the consistently fascinating experience of seeing all “sides” of yourself – figure and face and spirit – interpreted through artists’ eyes. Diverse artists’ eyes. Multifarious artists’ eyes. Honestly, it never gets old. It never gets boring. This occurrence of the same model divergently represented, yet similarly “present” in all the creations. Reminds us how complex and enigmatic we really are, doesn’t it?
I have two profile drawings of myself- one left side and one right side- created by two radically different artists. What intrigues me here is that somehow, incredibly, they BOTH look like me. How is that possible? Well, I can’t explain it. All I can say is that when the act of artistic creation is at play, anything is possible.
Daniel Maidman is a friend who has drawn me many times at Minerva Durham’s Spring Studio. On this particular night, I was sitting sideways in a chair with my legs slung over. I was feeling good and spry, having a strong modeling session. For the long pose I was focused and alert, staring intently at a spot on the wall. Here is how Daniel saw me that night:
And this is Fred Hatt’s depiction of me from Figureworks Gallery. Again I was sitting, but this time on the floor, in close proximity to Fred. Just a few feet away. Whoa! What’s going on here? Is this the same woman as above? Absolutely yes 🙂
Two completely different styles, techniques, and mediums. Two completely different visions. And yet I see myself quite accurately in both of them. Daniel did an amazing job of not only drawing my profile, but capturing my overall countenance, and the “active” stillness of the long pose. Fred had a much shorter pose to work with and, with his trademark style and fast hand, quickly gleaned my likeness by emphasizing prominent facial features, particularly my large eyes. A very Armenian girl!