Looking back through miniatures I have made over the years, I was surprised to find that a lot were portraits. Some of real people, others imaginary. For an upcoming miniatures exhibition I decided to submit two hand made books which I made previously, plus three new drawings. Both the books featured faces, all men. One book, called Rogues Gallery is a gallery of mug shots based on the faces of Sydney criminals from the early 1920s. The other, the Beard Album, was made like a Victorian photo album, showing bearded men, maybe from a previous era, maybe from today.
The new drawings were inspired by images found randomly, then drawn, redrawn and altered and adapted for my purposes – they are meant to look like real people, but not be real people. For these I wanted older men, who had the marks of life on their faces, for whom I could invent a back story. I have given each a name which seemed to suit the kind of person he is. I don’t intend to share the stories I have for each of them – I want the viewer to create their own.
Below are some more miniature portraits from the past, done using different media, ranging from graphite to brush pen, scratchbord and coloured pencil. They are all roughly 7 x 6 cm in size.