Last weekend there was a big retirement celebration for a good friend of mine, David Giese. David has been a faculty member of the College of Art and Architecture at the University of Idaho for the past 35 years.
Being a good friend of David's, I was asked to draw a portrait of him that would be given as a gift and also printed up as masks for people to use at one of the events.
In terms of the illustration itself, it's interesting for me to think about how the process is influenced by whether or not I know the subject. This illustration, for instance, came pretty easily (which is to say that I don't remember drawing anything over and over again or pulling out my hair, although it still took a decent amount of time to finish). But I can't say whether or not the fact that David and I are friends contributed to that ease. Or if it has to do with David's features. Or if I was just going through one of those good phases.
At any rate, I'm happy with the way it turned out and people were pretty enthusiastic about it at the reception.
So without further ado...