I love sketching faces in a crowd. Especially at events where large groups are mingling such as conferences and networking events. It’s great practice trying to capture a face in just a few fleeting moments while people are moving and talking and generally not staying still.
This sketch is made up of faces at a Wedding Professionals conference in Portland, Maine in 2017. I was invited by the coordinator of the event because she saw me sketching faces at another conference and wanted me to do the same for hers.
Rob Elowitch, better known as Robbie Ellis, sat for a portrait group I am part of in Portland, Maine. Robbie couldn’t have been nicer and entertained us with stories during the breaks.
Rob Elowitch spent many years as the head of a prestigious art auction house but is better known by his wrestling name, Robbie Ellis. Rob was a professional wrestler who won several regional championships. He also gained national attention for wrestling well into his sixties. Sports Illustrated wrote a story about him and he was the subject of a documentary called Canvasman: The Robbie Ellis Story.