I’m always fascinated with unique architectural features, and on my trip to Italy, I saw all kinds of funky things on buildings. These two face carvings on the big front door of Casperia’s Palazzo Forani called me to sketch them. I did the one on the left while standing in the street on some loose paper, and drew and painted the other one from a photo a few days later. I pasted them into my travel sketchbook.
While drawing them, my imagination wandered into creating scenarios about the rationale for putting these dudes on the front door. Scare away townspeople from asking for handouts? The owner was a recluse? Or a guy with a weird sense of humour? Or the artist just created what he wanted and the owner didn’t really care?
Whatever the reason, I’m glad they were there – fun to draw!
- Platinum carbon black ink
- Various artist watercolour
- Fabriano cold pressed 140lb studio watercolour paper