I finished it when we got back to the UK and submitted it to the UKCPS Exhibition jury. It was accepted so will be on display at Nuneaton later this year along with Reflectivity (shown in earlier blog post).
Dave (the subject) is drummer with a folk group we stumbled across in nearby Faversham a few months ago. They were taking a break from performing in the street and as I had my camera with me I took a few photos. When I got home and looked at the photos I really liked the combination of him staring into space with that amazing hair and beard, and the T Shirt depicting Shakespeare (the Bard).
A couple of friends expressed concern that Shakespeare might detract from the man's portrait but I'd already decided on the title 'Beard & Bard' and as someone who really struggles to think of titles usually I stubbornly stuck to my guns ... but I have subdued the image slightly.
Drawn on black sanded paper I did struggle to get the skintones but it was great fun to draw
The Group is called Labyrinth and I've since read that their street performance was to raise funds for a charity which helps Older people with learning difficulties (Patron Hugh Grant). They will be playing at the Faversham Hop Festival which takes place this weekend. A great fun event and its main sponsor is the local Brewery Shepherd Neame (loved by all real ale drinkers)
Dave (model) doesn't know about the portrait. After the exhibition I'm hoping to catch up with the group at one of its 'gigs' and give the portrait to him to do with it as he wants ....