I started with this series of etchings six weeks ago. Originally I intended to make two or three illustrations of faces. Then I thought it would be neat to make them of people illustrating different professions, for example an ornithologist with a bird, an architect with a building, etc. I soon found out that I can not draw out of my head. All the facial features looked the same - the noses, the eyes and eyebrows, the shapes of the faces. So I ditched the first few illustrations and started over, this time using photographs of real people as a starting point. They are not meant to be likenesses, in fact some of them hardly look like the person I used as basis. I ended up with 14 different professions.
Time to stop now.
profiteri #1 - The Mathematician (drypoint etching).
(Quite a lot of plate tone on this one. I think I will clean it up a little more when I finally print it on good etching paper.)