I’m drawing 64 facial images of composite friends. Then I’ll draw a series of composites from the composites; 32 drawings combining four faces each, 16 drawings combining eight faces each, and so on until finally there is one drawing emergent from all 128 faces (see diagram below).

I’m posting the drawings to this website as each one is completed. I’m using charcoal on Stonehenge paper, 8.5 x 11″. It was first come, first served – the first 64 people who sent in usable photos are included, and drawings are made in the order that the photos were received. All entries have been filled for this project.

From the initial set of 64, the original drawings will go to the friends of the people who sent in the photos – an experiment in gift economy. I began accepting submissions in November 2007 and filled up all the spots in May 2008. Participants include people from across the USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Brazil, China, and beyond.

I plan to have a show of the drawings in the physical world when they are all completed, and then distribute the originals.

Set 1

55. Otter and Huihui

BFF Set 1