Portrait artist Michael Shapcott has a huge portfolio of exquisite faces, and now is doing a year of one-work-a-day for 365 days. He’s helping raise money to for a full-length drawing/painting tutorial via Kickstarter. Above: Detail from The Death of Cyrstallina, for a show in California. (See the full size painting, and the story behind it, here.)
The Connecticut-based Shapcott is known for his daring color palette and emotionally charged portraits. He starts with highly detailed graphite underdrawings, then paints with colorful washes in oil and acrylics. Many reviewers have noted his aboriginal touches, and Shapcott speaks often about his passion for native North American culture. Read an extensive interview about his muses, here.
Shapcott frequently produces time-lapse videos of his paintings, as he did for Girl with the Owl, above. This is a nine-minute video, but well worth watching, especially to see the kitschy inspirational moment that led to this work.