Featured Artist: Robin Perko
A professional artist since 2006, has worked in oil producing landscapes, still-life's and portraits, currently re-developing his technique using charcoal and paper, working from life, producing a series of portrait 'character' studies.
The sittings take from 4-10 hours to complete and aim to capture the essence of each person, with particular emphasis towards their unique expression and character. A physical likeness often emerges but is not the primary focus of the work. Throughout the sittings, it is clear that the resulting drawing is in fact a synergy between artist and model, the image is dynamic because it has been created over time, each drawing comprising captured moments; a fleeting expression, changing moods, flowing light, and sometimes in the process of creating, a deeper sense of the individual emerges.
Nitram charcoal enables me to reproduce of the many subtle variations of light and shade, it gives excellent blacks and can be sharpened to a fine point which is perfect for detail.