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I do minimalist abstract portraits, charcoal on paper, matted and framed, using a variety of photos that you send to me.
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About My Work:

I am a reductive artist by nature, so all my work, beyond even the minimalist drawings, have some sort of reductive approach to them. Often times I'll leave the detail in a painting of a church, for example, but take out the landscape completely. I do this to take out the noise. I want you to see the elemental aspects of you in your portrait. You may not see the pores in your face, but you will always know that the drawing hanging on your wall is your being, your nature, your action, you.

Study of a Leaning Nude #3
Study of a Leaning Nude #3

 

 What is My Creative Process?

I start with a series of "realist" sketches I call "progression sketches". These sketches allow me to work out where the lines and direction of movement are. I then remove the details and focus on just the basic lines, or the overall shape of the object I'm drawing. By adding lines and removing them, by straightening them out or curving them, by even changing the direction they are originally moving in, I eventually come to the final product, which is the minimalist portrait that you'll have hanging on your wall.

You can see more about my progress here: www.patreon.com/gregmasonburns

Study of a Man's Face
Study of a Man's Face

What am I Offering:

An 11" x 14", matted and framed, abstract minimalist charcoal drawing of you. My current portfolio of portraits is similar to what I have posted here. You can see more on this page of my website (<-- click). The final product will look similar to those in the photo below from an exhibit I had in early 2017.

Prints of existing work, both framed and not framed, are also available.

This is what these will look like on your wall
This is what these will look like on your wall

 What Am I Raising Funds For?

This project serves two distinct purposes:

  • To help with rent for studio space so that I can develop larger works.
  • To expand my commission client list in order to develop more long-term relationships going forward.

The money from this project will pay rent, which is about $225 per month. So each commission pays for two months of rent.

Seated Nude #2
Seated Nude #2

How Does This Work?

You send me five photos of you using five different body positions. I'll work with these five photos and come up with your portrait.

I'll send you an jpg of what I've come up with, and then I'll send it off to the framer. It takes about 2-3 weeks to get something framed, so expect about 4-6 weeks in total, from the end of the Kickstarter unitl you get your framed portrait in the mail.

Why Do You Need Five Photos?

Not every pose works, so I need different poses to be able to work out the best possible lines for your portrait. I can spend a few hours working on the images I've put as examples here. They look simple, but the process isn't. You can tell me which one you really prefer the most, and I'll work on that, but if it isn't working, I'll need to find the best pose that does work.

Study of a Seated Nude #4
Study of a Seated Nude #4

How Do I Take Photos of Myself?

The easiest way to do it is to have a friend or someone snap a bunch of photos of you in different positions. You then sort through the lot and send me your five favorites.

Or set a timer on your camera and do it yourself.

Just be sure to get images of your entire body. I want to see from your toes to the top of your head to the tips of your fingers, spread out, curled up, half-and-half - I want to see your whole pose (i.e. - not just your face).

What About Lighting and Focus?

Don't worry about that. I don't need perfect lighting or focus. All I need to work with is the direction of your pose. Professional images are not needed. Just get the photo of your entire pose and I'll be able to work with it.

Study of a Male Nude
Study of a Male Nude

 But All Your Examples are Nudes!

Yes, HOWEVER, you do not need to do a nude portrait. I attend weekly model sessions with other artists, and many of my portraits come from these sessions. Yes, the model is nude in these sessions, but you do not need to be nude. In fact, I recommend that you DON'T do nude poses. It's better for your safety and mine.

Learn More:

I do regular - mostly weekly but sometimes just a bit more - updates on my Patreon page. This will give you an idea of what I'm up to as an artist on a regular basis. The posts are short, so the best in-depth look is to follow along on a regular basis and see me progress. Find out more about all my work here: www.patreon.com/gregmasonburns

Thank you!

Finally, thanks so much for stopping by. Let me know if you have any questions, and I look forward to working with you! Wooooooo!!!

Exhibited at a Local Library
Exhibited at a Local Library

 

Risks and challenges

The biggest risk is that you'll have to explain to your guests that the abstract drawing is of you. After that it's up to you to hold in your pride (if you want to, of course).

Also, if I sell many dozens of commissions through this project, then getting them sent to you by February, 2018 may not be possible, but we'll cross that bridge when we get to it.

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    Thanks for Helping

    Want to help me get into my studio space but can't swing a commission portrait? Hey, no problem. Thanks for your support, it's greatly appreciated.

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    Charcoal Postcard

    A personal thanks from me via postcard, with a small minimalist sketch on the card for you to pin up on your bulletin board at home or work.

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    Print of Existing Portraits

    Not everyone can afford a commissioned piece of art. Thankfully there are prints of existing works. 8"x10" prints available with this reward. You can see your print options here at: http://www.gregmasonburns.com/abstractportraits.html

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    Framed Print of Existing Portraits

    Want it matted and framed? Pledge this and get a 10" x 12" matted and framed print of an existing portrait that I've already done during my drawing sessions with a model. You can choose your option here: http://www.gregmasonburns.com/abstractportraits.html

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    Commissioned Minimalist Portrait

    Let yourself shine on the wall. 11" x 14" charcoal on paper, framed and matted portrait of you or someone you know (great for gifts, too).

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