Thursday, September 23, 2010

Time Out New York: Susan Sarandon

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I was asked to do this week's "Hot Seat" portrait for Time Out New York, the subject this time being legendary actress Susan Sarandon!

For whatever reason, I had a real Andy Warhol-ish concept in mind for this one, with a rougher look than I usually go with for female portraits. But if anyone would work being portrayed like that, it would be the no-nonsense, tough-as-nails Sarandon.

I fiddled around with this for a while, trying to hit the sweet spot between too rough and too smooth. I originally had the dark grey tone much lighter, but when I darkened it to what you see here it gave the piece a harder edge, one that I liked a lot. Plus, it looks a little different than the stuff I normally do, which was a bonus. I also had extra detail in the hair, but finally settled on a flat red shape, which I thought contrasted nicely with the bright yellow background.

I think Ms. Sarandon is a great actress, and many times has been outspoken when I'm sure it would have been easier on her to keep quiet. I have no idea if she'll ever see this piece, but if she does I hope she likes it.