Our progress shots just came in from friend, Laura Heany, last night. Even in their half-realized stages, I’m in awe of her craft. Over the years and through operating Labspace Studio, John and I have met and worked with so many talented artists. But to help us achieve this particular to-do, we knew exactly who we’d be calling first.
Not only does Laura have a supreme technical ability, she has an almost unearthly way of capturing her subjects, of peeling away their layers to reveal a deeper, more mysterious essence about them, one that can’t be revealed in pixels alone. I find this fascinating.
I’m also intrigued by anyone who can achieve such extreme focus and care in their work. These are the people I often admire. The people who thrive in silence and stillness and who are comfortable in the act of being alone; I think they’re a rare breed these days.
Laura, if you’re reading, I wonder what it feels like to stare at someone’s face so intensely? Is there a process you go through, perhaps beyond the technical, that allows you to bring your subjects to life? (Feel free to comment below. I’d love to know.)
*We’ll be posting Laura’s finished drawings on Sunday (the very last day of our 365 project!). Come back and check them out. You can also view more of Laura’s work over on her website.
Update: Finals are up! And they’re magnificent.