2020 One Hundred Portraits

About the Project:

During March and April 2020, I embarked on the One Hundred Portraits project. The plan when I began was to get better at drawing without the fussiness of being “accurate.” For me, I can get hung up on everything being “right” so I decided to create one hundred drawings to help me let loose and explore drawing materials (something I hadn’t really done since undergrad).

Each drawing is created using a direct approach. There was no preparatory sketching or drawing done beforehand. I would grab a Uniball pen or India ink and brush, for example, and just started. Over and over as I started, I asked myself, “How do I find the figure? How do I capture this person’s essence? Where should I begin?” The searching was vital to the entire experience for creating these drawings. When I “messed up” I had to figure out how to address the mistake(s) made.

Low and behold, I present the One Hundred Portraits. Some are of dear friends. Others are pulled from books on old horror movies. There are wrestlers, musicians, actors, politicians, the full gamut.


For those that are interested, materials used include the following:

Paper – Bristol or Watercolor (the watercolor paper was added about halfway through to add variety and offer up the chance to play with wet-into-wet techniques)

Media – Uniball Vision pen, India ink, Calligraphy ink, Block ink, Markers, Sharpies (assorted widths and nibs), Micron pens, Acrylic paint, Watercolors (assorted brands), Carbon disk

Tools – Brushes, Ink nibs, Bamboo nibs, Chopsticks, Styrofoam printmaking plates, Watercolor brushes (assorted), Inking brushes, My hands

Techniques – Collage, Rubbing, Wet-into-wet, Glazing, Layering with Clear gesso, Layering with Matte medium

Please forgive me as I may have forgotten something over the last two months.

If you have a any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. You can reach me at thonyaiuppy@gmail.com


2020 One Hundred Portraits:

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