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Ink and tea wash on paper
antique, ink, portrait, tea, wash
Paul Compton’s artworks take the form of drawings, prints, handmade books and zines. His work displays an ongoing interest in vignettes, animism, outsiders, literature, the occult and the Victorian era.
Beautiful portrait. Has a lovely vintage look. i love her eyes & her dress
So true, so poignant….beautiful…
You have such a fine, light, technique, and I love the title. Is she from an anonymous old photograph? I have a weakness for buying old photos in op shops and markets of people I don’t know, because I feel so sad that they aren’t being treasured by someone. Their stories are lost.
I love antique photographs too. For this one I tried drawing from a teenage girl in an old photograph in a family album. However as I was drawing it I made the face more masculine and in the end this androgynous figure emerged who looks incredibly awkward, out of place and nothing like the original picture. Thank you for the comment!
– Paul Compton
This is so beautiful and delicate, the way she stands so obedient yet her gaze suggests she is someplace different…
a very own stylevery strong artwork
Is she miserable because she is unremembered – or is she unremembered because she was miserable? lol Lovely drawing. :)
I don’t know Lurline. She/he doesn’t seem miserable to me, just awkward when it comes to photos. Just like me. Thank you for commenting. xo
There seemed to be a sadness in her eyes and a slight pout to her mouth – but it’s probably my poor perception. lol xxoo
Wonderful picture.. Do you think u might have unconsciously created your alter ego.. your feminine side ? For me there are one or two similarities between her and your avatar image the way the hair falls over the forehead and around the eyes ?
Thank you Andy. I’m told that all of my drawings are self-portraits. I don’t do this intentionally though. I agree with you, I think I unconsciously brought out something innate but slightly hidden with this one. True awkwardness, I guess. Thanks for commenting.
But I think its probably this honesty that shines through in the work. Few works you see have such integrity. Its the “beauty in the eye of the beholder” thing. The title maybe “unremembered” but she is far from unmemorable.