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  • Words Ryan Thompson

The portrait artist is a courageous sort. Each and every time he picks up his pencil to capture a face, he embarks on a voyage with no fixed destination. He must be honest yet flattering or else he risks the ire of his sitter, and yet he cannot lie. Of course, his technical skill and experience give him an edge, but he will never quite know how his brain will lead his hand, since every stroke is a personal revelation that exposes more of himself than it does the sitter. If the point of the artist is to discover himself through his work, then each blank canvas is always a journey worth taking.

Naturally, a good eye is a portraitist?s foundation, which bodes well for our intrepid pencil-wielders on their quest for a rare experience. Ms Monica Chong, art director at Cutler and Gross, and Perou, acclaimed photographer and director are both highly skilled in creating fabulous images in their own respective media, but the sketched portrait is a very different beast. Who will best capture the true essence of the other and who will leave with a smudge on their honour? Sharpeners at the ready... all is about to be revealed!

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