Portraits for Life

Hugh Laurie, by Miki - Brown Pencil and White Pastel, 60 x 50 cm, 2009

Hugh Laurie, by Miki - Brown Pencil and White Pastel, 60 x 50 cm, 2009

My last portrait… I hope you recognise him!

Unfortunately there are not many artists making portraits, I find, and I feel quite alone here in WordPress with this art. If you feel like discussing with me about the art of portraying, or about anything concerning portrait paintings, or simply love this art, please join me at

Portraits for Life

I would be very pleased about that. I present there regularly my last works in this field, “classical” portraits in different techniques as well as caricatures.


12 Responses to “Portraits for Life”

  1. dovelove Says:

    Hi Miki 🙂

    That looks like the guy on “House.” I think your pic does him more justice than he deserves, ha! 😉 Not particularly a fan of his (or that show), but that’s an awesome drawing, Miki!


  2. Pomme Says:

    Miki ! j’ai reconnu l’homme je crois … Hugh Laurie ? … il est même très séduisant ici !

    C’est fascinant, tu réussis même à faire passer des émotions dans le regard.
    Bravo, c’est splendide !

  3. Miki Says:

    @ Pomme
    Oui, c’est Hugh Laurie… je pense que Hugh Laurie peut être effectivement très séduisant. Malheureusement je pense que la plupart des gens l’associent à Dr House, qui, on le sait, partage la population entre 2 positions extrêmes:
    “J’adore!” et “Je hais!”
    En tout cas, son visage est pour moi, en tant que peintre, très intéressant. car très expressif.

    Nice to see you again, I hope you are fine!
    Yes, it is Dr House. As I said to Pomme in French, Hugh Laurie as himself is certainly an attractive man. To me as a portraitist anyway.
    I have no idea if I like the show myself… we have a version without subtitles, and i hardly understand one word when he speaks. Funny enough, as he is English, and I normally understand English much better than American. But in this show I understand the other people, the American, better than him!

  4. Madame Monet Says:

    Dear Miki,

    Great portrait! I’m impressed. I don’t find a lot of artists interested in doing portraits. I might be interested in discussing this with you through email.

    Madame Monet

  5. bobcornelis Says:


    I’m always so impressed when someone can do a portrait so well! There’s this extra dimension to the art of capturing the character of the person and you always pull this off! I’m in awe…

    By the way, House is my son Ben’s favorite show – personally I can’t bring myself to watch any medical shows. I always wake up the next day with all the symptoms from the previous night’s episode!

  6. lookingforbeauty Says:

    Portraits are tough to do and I think there are fewer people who want to do portraits now because they demand quite a bit of technical discipline.
    You’ve captured the likeness very well in this portrait.
    also posting as

  7. Miki Says:

    @ Lookingforbeauty

    Bonjour, and welcome to my “Infinity”!
    You are right… some years ago I was a teacher in art, gave regularly classes and workshops on some different themes. Portraits was one of them. I had many interested students, but they all gave up, one after the other. They wanted fast results, like in everything else they artistically started. Portraits art is everything else than rewarding (not like “abstract art”, where you can reach beautiful impressions just putting some colours and line here and there), even when you are quite well trained, horrible things can still happen!
    But honesty: portrait art is what I most love, and most impresses me…

    Hi Bob, and thanks for the comment.
    I can understand you very well, I don’t feel myself very well watching at medical shows!

    @Madame Monet
    Thanks you for the great compliment and the proposition. But I would prefer to share all our views with more people, artists or people interested in art.
    Lookingforbeauty is right I believe, portrait art is too demanding and not rewarding enough, I have experienced it with many of my students.

  8. napabelle Says:

    I am totally handicapped when it comes to stars or TV shows… ’cause I hardly ever watch them… so I do not know who this face is, but it is a very interesting face; (I am learning the observing of the face as a tool for understanding the personality and health of a person in Traditional Chinese Medicine)
    You are definitively a master at this; I try here and there to do portraits, and struggle with it. But I love it, and I wish there was a class in my corner of the world !! Keep posting them ! Merci !

  9. lookingforbeauty Says:

    Another part of the problem is that people expect that an artist can simply create a portrait like the street artists do, in fifteen minutes or less. They don’t realize that capturing a person’s personality, their characteristic tilt of head or their one winking eye, an irrepressible smile, or a set of worry wrinkles on the brow – all of these things take quite a bit of time for the subject, the sitter for a portrait.
    Portraits, like life drawings, are full of subtleties. Commissions are the death of us. People say, this eye is a quarter of an inch higher than the other, and then won’t take it; or it’s not their vision of the person… I won’t do commissions any longer because people have such expectations of their own overlaid on your creation, and sometimes they just don’t match up.

  10. kevmoore Says:

    Having “lived with” Hugh Laurie’s face for many, many years – I know him from his early days as a comic partner to Stephen Fry, long before he morphed into an American star – I can say with absolute certainty that you have captured him beautifully! I am stunned at your ability to do this Miki, it never ceases to amaze me, and it is a testament to your skill that you imbue more personality and soul into the subject than a photograph ever could.

  11. Miki Says:

    Thanks Mr. Moore! Comments like this would make me always going on portraying people if I doubted…

    I certainly understand what you mean, but I must say that my experiences with clients are different. Where I live, or better said where I lived until 6 months ago, there are many street portraits. And the clients went to me with exactly the specification:
    “I don’t want a portrait like the street artists do!”
    And in fact there, the street portraitists do quite an horrendous job. I experienced the same in other places and countries to. They all tend more to do something which looks a little bit like the model, but generally one can’t see anything of the hearts and souls on these portraits, neither from the models nor from the artists. But I suppose that they would be able to do much better under better conditions, with more time for example!

    Anyway my experience is that clients are ready to pay much more for a portrait where they say at once, and often with tears in their eyes:
    “Oh yes, it’s him/her!”
    I wouldn’t want to miss these reactions, I must honestly say, their joy and their gratitude have been always the most wonderful part of my artists career.

    But I admit that there is a problem when people order or see a portrait of themselves. They are rarely satisfied. Luckily I am rarely confronted with it, my clients ordering generally portraits as gifts for family or friends, most of the time living in another country, so I don’t see the reactions of the portrayed people.

    With the internet it might become different… I wonder if one day Hugh Laurie or Barack Obama will land on my blogs and moan about an eye which is a quarter of an inch higher than the other!!! 🙂

  12. Miki Says:

    @ Napabelle

    Quel plaisir de te revoir, j’espère que tu vas bien!

    Don’t worry about not recognising that guy… it is no really important. Important is only that he has indeed an interesting face, a gift for a portrait artist I would say!
    I do remember a great portrait you did, of an American Indian..
    I agree with you, one can see very much in a face. When I see somebody for the first time, I understand always a lot quite fast, and most of the time, i am not wrong.

    Clients have been always impressed how I was able to portray the people without having seen them in reality, just having seen a photo. I believe that I really can understand much of a person through a photo, and of course when I make a portrait from a photo, I go deeper and deeper into it, as I have to look at the photo many hours. It is really like going into the person. By the way often I start identifying myself with them when I paint them… For example I often caught myself with the same smile on the face as the portrayed person from the photo! It is very amusing sometimes…
    I enjoy this process of portraying more than anything else in art!

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