Tracy Frein

Narrative Portraits

Working with a limited pallet allows him to concentrate on the forms, values and shadows. Color or lack of it alone, possesses emotion without the need to tell a story. Drawing in a limited pallet helps me put things into a new perspective or literally puts specific aspects of life into focus. Color can be very life-like but also very distracting. I also do this for dramatic purposes, to capture a mood in a moment. I want the viewer to take a step closer to each drawing to realize that not only do the subjects composition create a mood, but so do the textures in the background.  It also allows me to concentrate on the forms, values and shadows instead of just concentrating on accuracy of facial features.