Louisiana Faces

Louisiana Faces

We all observe the things we see and make use of our sight but most people are not conscious of what they are seeing. An artist thinks of the texture of things, the way the light falls on a face, is it a shiny or dull finish, is it close or far away. An artist consciously studies the visual universe which includes the facial expressions of everyone we see every day. The living creatures in the world are the most interesting because they have changing facial expressions. Humans are most interesting because they react to other human beings who might be observing them.

An artist studies the human expression of another human being or, more exactly, their physical expression. Of course, the soul is in there somewhere, orchestrating the expressions, but how can an artist draw a soul? The physical expression is the only way to attempt to capture something that the soul is trying to express. I can be talking with someone and get so interested in their facial expression that the verbal conversation becomes non-existent. For an artist, a visual conversation has the power to consume a verbal conversation at any time.

Here below are a few images that are composites of people I have seen over many years of studying faces in the Southern United States. I call them “Louisiana Faces” because they were done while in Louisiana, where I was born and raised. They all come from my imagination and memory of faces I have seen or studied over many years. No one sat down for me to draw these faces. These characters may be based on observations of certain people with various titles or jobs. None of the drawings are of particular people.

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The Louisiana Lawyer Drawing by Ray Istre Etsy

The Louisiana Lawyer

 

Country Girl Drawing by Ray Istre, copyright, 2012, ray@rayistre.com www.rayistre.com

Country Girl

 

Disgruntled Gigilo Drawing by Ray Istre, copyright, 2011 ray@rayistre.com www.rayistre.com

Disgruntled Gigilo

 

Elvis Preacher Drawing by Ray Istre, copyright, 2011 ray@rayistre.com www.rayistre.com

Elvis Preacher

 

Gospel Singer Drawing by Ray Istre, copyright, 2012 ray@rayistre.com www.rayistre.com

Gospel Singer

 

Granola Mama Drawing by Ray Istre, copyright, 2012 ray@rayistre.com www.rayistre.com

Granola Mama

 

Gumbo Judge Sketch by Ray Istre, copyright, 2012 ray@rayistre.com www.rayistre.com

Gumbo Judge

 

Jim Bowie Drawing by Ray Istre, copyright, 2011 ray@rayistre.com www.rayistre.com

Jim Bowie

 

Oil Field Roughneck Drawing by Ray Istre, copyright, 2011 ray@rayistre.com www.rayistre.com

Oilfield Roughneck

 

Small Town Gossip Drawing by Ray Istre, copyright, 2012 ray@rayistre.com www.rayistre.com

Small Town Gossip

 

Southern Stone Drawing by Ray Istre, copyright, 2011 ray@rayistre.com www.rayistre.com

Southern Stone

 

Street Preacher Drawing by Ray Istre, copyright, 2012 ray@rayistre.com www.rayistre.com

Street Preacher

 

The Bouncer Sketch by Ray Istre, copyright, 2012 ray@rayistre.com www.rayistre.com

The Bouncer

 

The Culinary Queen Drawing by Ray Istre, copyright, 2011 ray@rayistre.com www.rayistre.com

Culinary Queen

 

The Insurance Salesman Drawing by Ray Istre, copyright, 2012 ray@rayistre.com www.rayistre.com

The Insurance Salesman

 

The Judge Drawing by Ray Istre, copyright, 2011 ray@rayistre.com www.rayistre.com

The Judge

 

The Louisiana Lawyer Drawing by Ray Istre, copyright, 2011 ray@rayistre.com www.rayistre.com

Louisiana Lawyer

 

The Noodler Drawing by Ray Istre, copyright, 2011 ray@rayistre.com www.rayistre.com

The Noodler

 

The Optimistic Farmer Drawing by Ray Istre, copyright, 2012 ray@rayistre.com www.rayistre.com

Optimistic Farmer

 

The Quarterback Drawing by Ray Istre, copyright, 2012 ray@rayistre.com www.rayistre.com

The Quarterback

 

The Southern Partisan Drawing by Ray Istre, copyright, 2012 ray@rayistre.com www.rayistre.com

The Southern Partisan

 

Louisiana Faces Series by Ray Istre

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