I spent the greater part of Saturday assisting Aaron in his latest charitable project. His program is auctioning student artwork to prosperous alumni, and as one of the more creative class members he felt he should produce something. He arranged to photograph Dr. Eric Kandel (a legend and elder at P&S) and then draft a portrait.
Initially he envisioned a sparse and technical line drawing, so he requested a crash course in Illustrator with which he rendered a charming (yet spooky) approximation of Kandel's face. We then printed, tiled and layered it under a piece of BFK on my light table (also our kitchen island), and he began to draw. I hovered, offering foundation year pointers while he discovered that the drawing didn't want to be simple.
Hours later, Aaron had built up some healthy tone, and erased it back towards a delicate and accurate portrait. It was good, and I was proud. He should be too; after a few more hours of work he will have something worth a bid.