I am very nervous about posting this picture. When I was taking drawing classes in High School and College, the teachers always cautioned us about drawing relatives. There is no way to be accurate. A likeness is the best one can aim for. Unfortunately, this is often not good enough for some family members. As an artist, I interpret what I see. There are certain fictive elements in every portrait. Even photographs lie. What my eye sees, others will not see. This is why I did not post a portrait of my mom on mother’s day. I was very concerned about what my family would think or what my mother herself would think. I’ve drawn two other portraits of my dad. Both are live, where this portrait is based on the below picture. I like both live drawing better than this one. The best part of both is dad did not know I drew them. Both were done from a distance and from behind corners. One of them was lost when an apartment the kids and I lived in flooded and the other is buried in a sketchbook few have seen.
BTW, the bug-eyed girl in the background is my sister Holly.