We have all seen street artists who hand-sketch quirky and exaggerated caricatures or photorealistic live portraits on the spot, perhaps you even have one of these artworks of yourself from your last holiday. Although these artists might be underappreciated because of the nature of their work, a talent and years of practice that goes into mastering portrait drawings are undeniable and worth recognition.
There aren‘t two same faces in the world. And before you think about twins, let me remind you that not even two sides of one face are symmetrical. This makes the work of a top-notch Saint Petersburg based street artist extremely admirable. Originally from Cheboksary, Nikolay Yarakhtin has been transferring every unique feature of different faces onto blank canvas using just a pencil for 28 years.
Although Yarakhtin points out that rainy and windy weather or lack of customers can interfere with his work on the streets, the biggest challenge isn’t it. “The most challenging in portraiture drawing is when a model moves a lot. It becomes difficult to capture the likeness.”
Nikolay Yarakhtin admits that his biggest goal is to collect enough artwork and present his personal exhibition.