Self Portrait in Iraq 36″x24″ Graphite Pencil on Paper
I created this piece in the build up and concept stages of my more completed drawing, Borrowed Time. The entire purpose of the drawing was to show that I could indeed draw at a life sized scale and pull off a convincing level of detail. It helped me to bridge the gap between my earlier biggest works being no larger than a standard 18×24″ drawing pad, and the new full sized large scale wall drawings I would be moving to.
The piece took around 2 hours to complete against my living room wall and made it possible for me to think on an exponentially larger scale than I had before. It also helped me find a proper placement within the gallery for the finished work as I had a much better understanding of just how large the final drawing would be.
This image also comes directly from my time in Iraq, one of the many photos I took of myself to send home to my wife. The actual photo has sat in a frame on one of our end tables in the living room to this day.