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work by Anneliese Narcisi

Friday, October 24th, 2014 Published in: 2014 Archives

Many people, even those who do not claim to be artists, may have at one time needed to draw the dreaded self portrait. Maybe the challenge was directed by an art teacher or perhaps it was a task you took on at your own choosing.

Drawing or painting another? No problem — artists may look at portraiture with no stress, knowing they can capture the essence of the subject. But even the most experienced artist can have difficulty when it comes to a self portrait. The hand and the brain might have a bit of a disagreement on the size of the nose, the shape of the eyes...or even the hair and fullness thereof. Some artists skew negative, conveying certain parts larger or smaller in an undesirable way, while other artists may unintentional make themselves appear young, older, wiser, or more innocent than what a photograph would capture.

That being said, engraving a self portrait could only be that much more difficult than paint or pen. The self portrait here is of Anneliese Narcisi, who is a student at Emporia State University in the Engraving Arts program. We show two separate images here as in-progress shots of her work. Not always do we get to see the progression when working on an engraving, so we love getting to snap a few shots of our interns' work. With the Artisan Alley program, Narcisi gains even more experience with cutting and art while working around several other students in this part of Glendo's Research and Development department. With the challenge of such a project, we think she did a fine job! Thanks for sharing, Anneliese.

Have you engraved a self portrait? We would love to see what you have done! Send photos and story to featured@grstools.com and your work could be featured on the GRS website.


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