Simon & Garfunkel

simongarf-1It was some time ago now that I found my way toward Paul Simon’s Graceland – well, precisely this from Graceland. With further exploration, my curiosity ended up taking me all the way back to the early sixties, when he had a partner. In a crazy and psychedelic era, Simon & Garfunkel cut gentle, thoughtful figures in music and image, radiating honesty and lack of pretension; even Garfunkel’s awesome hair managed to flow without outrage. They’re all the better for it. There will always be a huge, lasting appreciation for performers of this fashion, not to mention their enormous combined talent, and so I’m sure they’re as relevant today as they were then. Indeed, S&G struck a chord with me, and opened me up to a genre to which I’d afforded little attention at the time. A tremendous duo.

This was a fun – well, sort of – exercise for a couple of reasons. I picked up a different brush – about time! – using a smoother one, which might explain a slightly different finish to my portraits of late. It’s always a little daunting having to work with not one but two faces; I was originally going to do a post just on Paul, but I’m glad I included Art – not only does he, of course, very much deserve the recognition, but his hair was easily the best part of the drawing. Even if he is pouting a little, I think he looks markedly stronger than Paul; I might try and do him proper justice as a solo someday (I think getting used to the new brush might be partly responsible for that, as I did Paul first). It was originally portrait, with Art above Paul, and I kept changing my mind back and forth between portrait and landscape, tinkering with their composition, until I essentially just washed my hands of the decision, lest I go completely mad, and left it as a landscape with just a hint of a gradient between the two. Decisions, decisions!

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  1. Holy moly, you are getting better by leaps and bounds, Jacob! This is super awesome! Their expressions are perfect!

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks so much, Teresa! Something about Paul is bugging me, but I’m glad I nailed the expression. I’m also glad you can see a jump – I had a little break recently, I think it did me good.

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  2. Geke Hop-Wassink said:

    Looks great and a great song 🙂

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks, Geke! They were great artists in their own right but as a pair… well, the songs say it all!

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  3. Lee Hesketh said:

    You are getting too good!!

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  4. I am old enough to remember their songs when they were new. Memorable and inspiring to a generation . Great job on their portraits Jacob!!

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks so much, Susan! Inspirational indeed, to their own generation and those that follow. Wonderful artists.

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  5. Sooooo glad you went for the duo!! It would have been a shame to miss out on that well… Really totally awesomely rendered hair!! It’s fantastic!! Like you could reach out and touch it. I probably would have tried if I’d met him in person, so it’s just as well that never happened. Amazing sketch, Jacob! 😍

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    • Jacob said:

      Haha, thanks Charlie! Hair is getting to be a lot of fun to work with, now. I’m sure I’d have done the same; I do love a bit of frizz, and Art rocked it enviably!

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  6. Bill Fufkin said:

    Marvellous likenesses, both. You have transported me back to a different time, Jacob…long, long ago it was… how can it be? B

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    • Jacob said:

      Thank you, Bill. Ha ha, oh my friend, I feel that way too… about the 2000s! 😉

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    • Jacob said:

      Cheers, Michael. I know Art has always been an avid reader, but didn’t know that. Pretty clever!

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  7. Wows, and this is a new unfamiliar brush? You have done great, loving the mad hair, he he,I will be singing that song all day now me thinks!🤐 Not good for all around me…poor cats!

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks as always, Rebecca! I have actually used these brushes before, but it was a very long time ago. They tend to be more hit-and-miss than my usual set; thankfully, this was mostly hit!

      Oh, I’m sure you sing like an angel 😉 the cats might even join in. I try as best I can not to sing along to my music, as the windows here aren’t terrifically strong!

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  8. Rebecca said:

    Diamonds on the soles of her shoes for me…but I’ll take these songs too! You are clearly enjoying your portraits at the moment, nice one. 🙂

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    • Jacob said:

      Ah, that’s another beauty! So many gems to choose from. Thanks so much, Rebecca – I am having a lot of fun at the moment and feel rather refreshed – I think the week off did me a lot of good.

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks very much, JP – much appreciated, as ever.

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks, Matthew – I hope the nostalgia was welcome!

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  9. Great portraits! So hard to do two together and get them both right. Very impressive! I love listening to their music while I paint.

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks so much, Catherine! I’m sure there music is perfect for painting. And indeed, I was a bit concerned they were going to look like two pieces chucked together, but thankfully it seemed to turn out okay. 🙂

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks so much, Myriam! I am certainly having a lot of fun.

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    • Jacob said:

      Ooh, I like wowzas! Thanks ever so much, Yvette, for dropping by and leaving a lovely comment!

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  10. Cathe said:

    I love this one so very much. Both of their faces are so intriguing and their eyes! Agree Art has that amazing hair but he also is so soulful. This duo was one of my mom’s favorites so you are bringing back very fond memories.

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks, Cathe! So happy to have brought back such memories.

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