Why mugshots? Well, for me, it's hard to find models to sit when I have a few spare moments. Of course, the web is full of people photos, but 98% of them are smiling, so they aren't good subjects for formal portrait painting practice. People do tend to be serious during the arrest process. And face it -- mugshots are a resource we won't run out of anytime soon. Some of them have hilarious expressions. Some mugshot photographers have a very artistic sense of lighting. Overall, mugshots are great for practicing painting the human face. So, a new semi-regular series is born -- Mugshot Mondays.
Mugshot Monday #1
Oils on canvas, 8x10"