David Lynch portrait – Raquel Gurdiel

Why did you pick this picture?

I picked this picture because it’s one of my favorite portraits. It’s unconventional in the way I drew the face fragmented but it represents not only his features but also the mind of the person, in this case the great director David Lynch and the creative imaginative genius he puts in his works. I love the dream like quality he develops his stories into. He’s a big inspiration for many artists like me that are interested not only in appearances but also in what’s beyond them, the subconscious.

Where did the idea come from?

When I had the idea to draw his portrait I really wanted to do something special that would represent who he is and not just what he looks like. Because in his movies there always seems to be many twists and turns and layers of reality, I thought the broken mirror effect would relate to that. To me, people are never simple. There’s many sides to us and each fragment makes the whole of who we are.

What does this art mean to you?

Most of the portraits I draw and paint by commission are more on the academic side. I simply portrait the person or animal as accurately as I can to reality. While I love doing that, it was also great to be able to work on a more personal project with creative freedom to express something else. It wasn’t just about portraying something realistically, but also to try and convey more of the psychology of the person and what his works inspire in me. It was more drawing for fun and not so much as just a job. While it’s great to get to do what you love for a living, when I started drawing I just did it for fun. Drawings like this remind me about the importance to never loose touch with that feeling, specially when things get difficult in life sometimes.

What can you tell us about yourself?

I’m a nerdy girl from the north of Spain, where it rains a lot, so it’s a great excuse to stay indoors drawing and painting all day! It’s what I’ve been doing since I can remember. I actually don’t know why I love drawing so much, I just know that the thought of not being able to do it makes me sad and miserable. I actually get cranky and annoying if I spend a long time without drawing! It brings me joy and peace of mind, calms my anxiety and I have fun with it even when what I’m drawing may be very difficult and it gets frustrating, I always find that if I just keep persevering it will turn out fine. The only other thing that brings me joy and peace as much as drawing is cats. Cats are awesome.

Since I was always drawing-even when I wasn’t supposed to, like math class, or history class, or…- it made sense to pursue it as a career. I really didn’t want to do anything else, so I went to art school for Illustration and graphic design. And I dedicate my life to it.

What more can you tell us about your art?

I am constantly trying to improve my technique but I also try not to forget about the more psychological side of art. I want my art to also be creative. It’s very hard to do that in realism where you’re mostly expected to just be able to copy a photo or the model as is, but I like to let my sensitivity play a big part in the process so that the living creatures I’m portraying actually feel like they are alive, as if those eyes were looking back at you. I’d like my art to be able to transmit emotions and ideas to those who look at it.

To see more of Raquel’s artwork please follow the link below to see their instagram page

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