Wednesday, February 15, 2017

A Son's Eye View

My younger son, En-Uk, forced me to sit as his model for 10 or 15 minutes so that he could sketch my head and neck, which is somewhat impressive, I guess, but also makes me look a little bit decapitated.

He didn't intend that, of course. I think. Believe. Hope . . .

He also didn't intend for me to have a 'double' chin, to which he called my attention, apologizing for the mistake, so I told him not to worry since he drew me better-looking than I actually am, though that's not setting the bar very high.

I learned something, too. I don't like sitting still as an artist's model for even as little as 5 minutes.



At 9:24 AM, Blogger TheBigHenry said...

I like the sketch. It reveals (to me) a genuinely convivial demeanor and a welcoming personality.

How old is your son?

At 10:33 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Thanks, TBH. If you ever make your way to this part of the world, I'll treat you to several beers at a craft beer pub run by a very interesting friend of mine.

How old is my son? I always have to calculate.

Let's see, he was born on May 28th, 1999 (in Jerusalem) - having survived an incompetent suicide bomber attack at the Mahane Yehuda Market in the Fall of 1998, when he was only a fetus in my marketing wife's womb some 30 meters from the explosion's epicenter - so if we add up the years, we get . . . oh, you're the physicist, you do the math!

He's about 17, right? Be 18 on his birthday, correct?

Jeffery Hodges

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At 12:03 PM, Blogger TheBigHenry said...


Your son is the same age as my oldest granddaughter, Hannah. She was born in a suburb of Chicago.

I will gladly get together with you for some beers if we are ever within shouting distance of each other. Let's stay in touch. It could happen.

At 1:23 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Hmm . . . if Hannah and En-Uk were to meet . . .

Yes. Definitely keep contact.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 1:34 PM, Blogger Kevin Kim said...

En-Uk uses at least three or four distinct strokes when laying down his lines. Interesting textural variation! And great command of light and shadow. Kudos.

As for your not liking to sit still:

1. I guess this rules out zazen (Kor. cham-seon) for you.
2. En-Uk could try working from a photo. That way, he never has to worry about how the passage of time can alter lighting conditions.

Apropos of art and lighting, I think En-Uk might be fascinated by the documentary "Tim's Vermeer," which I reviewed here. En-Uk might even be motivated to build a device like the one Tim uses to create his masterpiece.

At 1:40 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

I'll pass this along to En-Uk.

Jeffery Hodges

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