San Francisco based artist Joel Daniel Phillips captures the poor, the homeless and otherwise neglected group of people in his life-sized, hyper-realistic graphite and charcoal drawings. His series titled ‘No Regrets in Life’ says it all — depicting the narrative of unfortunate life on the street. The beautiful drawings, rendered in meticulous details as shown below, captured not only the physical attributes of his subjects, but the emotional and mental as well. He believes a true portrait is more than the physical form. He says it must capture the “vulnerable, un-invented narratives that make us human.”
This is the center of my work—an attempt to sincerely grasp what I see around me through the tip of a pencil and a piece of charcoal. At its root, the act of drawing necessitates a concentrated study of not only the physical attributes of the subject, but the emotional as well. Every line and crease in a face tells a story, and rendering these requires the artist to touch and explore each facet of the subject’s existence.
All images courtesy of Joel Daniel Phillips, and are published with permission.