We are featuring another winner from our Strokes of Genius art competition—Self: In Progress by Sheila Theodoratos, from Strokes of Genius 2: The Best of Drawing Light and Shadow.
Colored pencil on paper, 18 1/4″ x 20 1/4″ (46cm x 51cm)
What Sheila says about her art:
After capturing an “idea flash” for this self-portrait in a quick sketch, I recorded color notes and brainstormed titles. Staged reference photos helped me refine my composition and concepts. Throughout the entire drawing process, I carefully preserved the light and open areas of pristine paper to symbolize possibilities of the future. Stripes represent memories that have helped shape who I am and may become. Some are vivid and continuous. Others, partial or dim. My torso fades into the darkness, giving this seemingly whimsical composition a vanitas effect. We are all works in progress.
Sheila Theodoratos’s piece Self: In Progress appeared in Strokes of Genius 2: The Best of Drawing Light and Shadow, published by North Light Books in 2009. Enter the competition here for your chance to appear in Strokes 5 & win other prizes!