Day 18: David Torres

Day 18:
David Torres
Size: 2.5 x 3.5 inches / 6 x 9 cm
Medium: charcoal

Available for purchase? YES

1) What inspired this piece?
Langs-Mello and his photography.

2) Why did you give it that title?
That is the name of the model.

3) Did you use a photo reference or model?
Yes. I referenced a portrait of David Torres by Langs-Mello. You can view the original photograph here:

4) Is there a story or message in this piece
Always keep smiling! The human brain is wired to look for negativity – it feeds into our natural survival instinct. However, negative thinking doesn’t let us enjoy life. Re-train your brain by looking a the positive every day. Soon, you won’t have to fake a smile – it will be genuine!

5) Any other thoughts?
I really love how Langs-Mello originally shot only half of his model’s smiling face. It really adds extra deviousness to his expression, as well as a little bit of mystery. I also love drawing with charcoal, and b&w photography gives me a great excuse to work with it!


This piece is part of a charity project.

All proceeds will be donated to C.A.S.T. – Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (Visit the charity’s website at

All art from this project is for sale. Visit my shop:
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