i have to apologize to mim (portrayed above). her portrait of sarah (below) is not the one that she wanted to share. she posted her work in progress though. this portrait was her second attempt. she didn't like it as much as her third and final drawing but i found it much more interesting.
here's why: when it was finished, it looked too real. mim's husband made her pull up one of the corners to prove that it wasn't a photograph. i don't think that realism should be the ultimate goal of art but i do think it's weird and funny that, when art does look too real, we tend to dismiss it. my favorite example might be common knowledge but i feel the need to share it here: rodin began sculpting in the distorted, expressive way for which he became famous because, early in his career, he created a sculpture (a david, i believe) that was too perfectly proportioned. the artistic community refused to believe that it wasn't cast directly from a model's body. rodin was so offended and hurt by their mistrust that he spent the rest of his career avoiding realism. it worked out for the best, i think, but who cares what people think? that perfect david was also an accomplishment.