You’ve a smile more mysterious than Mona, better headwear than Whistler’s mom, and coloring lovelier than Warhol’s Marilyn.
Let Joey Bates paint your punim. The professional artist works in graphite and gouache to create faceted depictions of his subjects.
Bates’s technique involves layering spheres to compose an almost topographical map of the face and anatomy, constructing a subtle muscular foundation that remains through completion. He then applies bright colors in moderation, allowing a black or white background to remain dominant. He’ll also work in oils or insert intricate paper cutouts into a portrait upon request.
At an initial session Bates takes photos from which to work and gets to know his subject’s disposition.
So look a mused.