Jake Weidmann Artist and Master Penman
The Dreamer: Martin Luther King Jr. | The Power of One Series
Executed in one continuous line, Weidmann's latest gallery release features the portrait of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. as the very first in his series, The Power of One.
The last single line portrait Weidmann created was a decade ago in 2009, depicting the face of Christ as he looks to the Heavens in The Suffering Servant in a Single Stroke. Since its debut in Weidmann's collection of work, this has been one of his most wildly successful and far-reaching artworks in his career.
Using only one of his handmade calligraphy pens and an inkwell, Weidmann draws these portraits in a continuous line. The flexible pen point of the nib creates a natural pressure system which gives the line varying densities. Beginning at the very center of the nose, the line gets thick and thin to create shadow and highlight of the face, encircling itself again and again, then evens out to a perfect circle.
Weidmann chose this technique to relay the power that one person can have; that the peaceful actions and powerful words of one can create a ripple effect through time, echoing Truth for future generations. The lineage of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. is not forgotten as we celebrate a day in his honor each January. His peaceful action in the civil rights movement revolutionized his culture. We recount his dedication to correcting the injustices of his time and we look to him, a leader in history, as his work is just as relevant today.
The Power of One Series will feature the men and women that have changed the course of history for the betterment of our world. Stay tuned as Weidmann adds to this series one portrait --one line-- at a time.