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Daniel Martirossian

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I aim to create photo-realistic black and white portrait drawings in charcoal that depict my subject at the specific moment when the photograph was taken. With the use of a photographic image, I produce large-scale charcoal drawings of my sitters, finding oblique details and little nuances to convey their personality. The panel drawings underneath my large-scale drawings offer a nuance by extending the timeframe of an interaction, as if creating ‘animations’ of a certain moment. The mixture of blurred and detailed close-ups of individual features underneath my large-scale drawings offer different ‘states’ of the sitter, conveying a sense of self. Although my portraits are essentially drawings, they are as much ‘about’ the nature of photography as portraiture. Therefore, my intention is that the viewer recognises the person I depict by creating a ‘likeness’ that is captured through the lens, but enlivened by the use of charcoal, demonstrating a sense of truthfulness.

Max (122 cm x 122cm)
I created a photo-realistic portrait in charcoal depicting the subject at the specific moment when a photograph has been taken. I seek to find oblique details and small nuances to convey personality. The accopanying panels of smaller drawings offer a subtle extension of the timeframe of interaction, creating animations of the moment. The mixture of blurred and detailed close-ups of individual features offer different states of the sitter, conveying a sense of his identity.
Left-side Profile (122 x 122 cm)
I created a photo-realistic portrait in charcoal depicting the subject at the specific moment when a photograph has been taken. I seek to find oblique details and small nuances to convey personality. The accopanying panels of smaller drawings offer a subtle extension of the timeframe of interaction, creating animations of the moment. The mixture of blurred and detailed close-ups of individual features offer different states of the sitter, conveying a sense of his identity.
Annabel (29.7 x 42 cm)
I created a photo-realistic portrait in pencil depicting the subject at the specific moment when a photograph has been taken. I seek to find oblique details and small nuances to convey personality. The accopanying panels of smaller drawings offer a subtle extension of the timeframe of interaction, creating animations of the moment. The mixture of blurred and detailed close-ups of individual features offer different states of the sitter, conveying a sense of his identity.
Becky (21 x 29.7 cm)
I wanted to train my visual eye by doing the opposite of a pencil drawing on white paper. I wanted to challenge the way I captured the light areas of the face using chalk on black paper.
Ella (21 x 29.7 cm)
I created a photo-realistic portrait using a ball-point pen. I wanted to challenge the way I captured the light and dark areas of the face with the pen.
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Daniel Martirossian is a portrait artist living and working in Eastbourne, England. He studied Fine Art, Painting and Drawing at the University of Chichester graduating with 1st Class Honours. His work has been exhibited in Chichester, Portsmouth and London. Experimenting with a range of drawing mediums such as pencil and charcoal, his photo-realistic style is concerned with capturing the subject at the point at which a photograph is taken. Although Martirossian’s portraits are hand-drawn, they are equally about the nature of photography. The artist’s intention is that the viewer recognises the person depicted by creating a likeness that is captured through the lens but enlivened by the use of charcoal, demonstrating a sense of truth.

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