Date: July 12, 2004
Medium: Pencil and paper
Comment: For some reason this picture was initially panned for being "unrealistically drawn." Very rarely do I actually aim for photorealism. The way I see it, it is through the expression of one's own emotions and ideas that an artist develops a style, and by definition these subjective components cause a departure from "realism" in the picture. If I choose to emphasize some features more than others (such as enlarging facial features), folks can deal with it -- or go elsewhere. As I said in my 1984 comment, there are some truly obtuse folks on the Web.
At any rate, these are Elinor and Marianne Dashwood from Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility.
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