My inspiration here was a portrait of an old man, obviously without a shirt. Perhaps to indicate a greater vulnerability. Only after putting a few lines on paper did I start feeling the familiarity. I think I was making a self-portrait as an older man. I let my mind go and my hands followed the drawing to its completion. I’ve been feeling my age a little more these days and realizing I can’t do quite the amount of heavy work I once could. I wasn’t aware of feeling self-pity about it, but maybe I just wanted some. I see pain and vulnerability in this guy’s face, but there’s also inner strength and a resolution to withstand the pain of growing older.
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