Sketch of the week 2- Dorian Gray

11 years, 3 months ago 28


I realized that I have so many sketches that it would take me years to post them all here at the rate of one per week. So, I decided to post a sketch twice a week instead- to speed this up a little. At this rate it will only take me 10 years! One sketch will be posted every Monday and the another one two days later-every Thursday.

This is a concept sketch for a Dorian Gray doll. I made it quite a while ago and have yet to start working on the project. Although I love Oscar Wilde’s style of character development, I am ambivalent about the book itself. Ultimately I enjoyed it, but I thought it was missing something and I can’t quite put my finger on that elusive something. 


Perhaps it was the fact that I could not fully comprehend why Dorian was condemned as a horrible human being. Yeah, sure he ends up murdering somebody, but that doesn’t happen until the end of the book while he is regarded as an indecent and a corrupted man all throughout. His great sins seem to consist of being an ever-young and immortal, drop-dead-gorgeous, charming hedonist who enjoyed money, sex and recreational drugs. Oooooooo! Big deal! Who doesn’t?!

I think the meaning of the book lays in the times and the social context of its inception. Today, many of the puritan social attitudes of the Victorian era have become irrelevant and extinct. Dorian’s behavior may have been considered scandalous then, but has since been normalized. He was made into a monster, for acting like a human. True, he was not the best human being around. He was a vein, arrogant, narcissistic, heartless and inconsiderate- but that describes the majority of young people. Many of us tend to grow out of it. Dorian was an immortal stuck in eternal youth: In constant pursuit of new sensations and pleasures with no fear of consequences, aging or death – how lucky for him. Frankly, I’m jealous.


The Picture of Dorian Gray is a multi layered book and perhaps the reason I thought that something was missing from it is because I felt like it approached these really heavy and complex philosophical questions of life, death and humanity in a very light, simplified almost playful tone. But now that I think about it: why not? They have no concrete answers, why not play with them? On the surface the book definitely felt more entertaining than insightful, but it did make me think a lot afterward. I’m still thinking about it. And that’s what makes a good book in my opinion.

The sketch in the lower left corner has nothing to do with Dorian Gray.

It’s quick drawing of  a vivid scene from a terrifying, erotic nightmare I had one night, about being tortured with scissors by a attractive man, who kind of resembled a young Benicio del Toro. I swear I’ve never felt anything more painful in my life than when he cut my thigh with slow, deliberate strokes. The pain was so real. I actually woke up weeping and choking. The strange thing is that I’m not that into sadomasochism, maybe just a little, but that dream experience was very….exciting.

I have pretty awesome dreams. I’ve been wanting to start a big project of painting scenes from my dreams, but i don’t even have time to sketch them down daily. Oh, how I need more time!

28 Responses

  1. ~Jenny~ says:

    I don’ mind sketch dumps twice a week instead of once a week. =P It’s very interesting that you bring up Dorian Gray because I have been thinking about him lately after finding the book in a forgotten drawer at home.
    Dorian is intriguing. He fascinates me yet terrifies me because he is everything that I am avoiding to be. Arrogant, vain, narcissistic etc. Though there’s nothing wrong in being those things still it scares people (me). If I were to meet Dorian Gray I would hate him and love him at the same time. Not sure I’m making any sense. I blame the time difference (it’s 2.30 AM here).

    It would be very interesting to see your interpretation of D.G. You plan on making a new face mould for him?

    The dream of yours… what was it that Lady Gaga sings? Right, “when it’s love if it’s not rough it isn’t fun”. =P

  2. sunshine says:

    his sin is certainly vanity – but i agree, whose isn’t?
    i remember my father trying to explain to me when i was a kid why hedonism was a bad thing.. i didn’t fully understand then, and i’m not sure i do now either.
    lovely drawing btw. i love all of your work!

  3. Saira M W says:

    The timing of this post could not have been better – I’ve been slightly obsessed with Dorian Gray lately.
    I agree with you that it’s very interesting that the things that make him so horrible are now so accepted as common traits among people. I’m not sure of which time period this says more – the Victorian era or our own.
    And I think that if anyone could pull off a truly spectacular Dorian, it would be you.

  4. Sage says:

    ..whats not to understand he wasan Awful jerk and his rampant Asshatery led to a girls death was he evil? yes because he Didnt care hedonism is great for the one receiving the pleasure but Shitty for all the others that have to live with there Rash and uncaring Douche-ness the book was about outer beauty and inner ugliness

  5. Marina says:

    Dorian didn’t directly cause Sibyl’s death. She chose to take her own life after Dorian “broke up” with her in a rather heartless fashion. She was an impressionable, teenage girl and Dorian was a thoughtless jerk. How’s this situation unique? It happens every day. Worse things happen every day between lovers.

    Thing is, most teenage girls are drama queens who like to kill themselves for very little reason and most teenage boys are destructive, thoughtless idiots who don’t know any better.

  6. Marina says:

    If Dorian was evil for breaking up with a girl, Sage, then so are half the men on this planet.

  7. Manu says:

    Wow i feel this project will be very georgeous i did not know that story bezfore but the way that you count her want me to know more about that personnage very enigmatique.
    i am sure that the description that you made will be exactely as you want to mold the doll and i am very impatiant to know how he turn out
    as you said you need more time and i hope you will get them to concretise all your dream,sometimes it’s areal challenge for an artist ,CONGRATULATIONS

  8. Manu says:

    also i love all of your sketch , perhaps for you they are inestimable but if one day you can ezpose them that will be great

  9. Silvia says:

    Portrait of Dorian Grey is my favourite book. I think Dorian’s acting wasn’t good and appropriate but it was completely understandable.

    Sketch looks really nice ♥

  10. Sage says:

    hey! <3 thanks for allowing me to share my thoughts

  11. annina says:

    i love that sketch of your dream, well i really like your drawing style and i’m glad you are sharing sketches with us!

    i hope that you can become immortal, for yourself and also for all your fans this would be a dream come true!!
    and i hope i can be immortal too! when i held my Enchanted Doll one of the first times, i realized that i will die some day and then i can’t enjoy her beauty anymore.
    personally i believe that we do not “end”, only our bodies do, so there is hope. but to be immortal would be great i think!

  12. Katherine says:

    hello! I’m so pleased you’re thinking of creating a Dorian Gray! i’m a fashion student and your dolls epitomize the sort of girls/women i design for? a couple of months ago i created a set on polyvore inspired by dorian gray and your dolls? check it out! .x.

  13. Somnifer says:

    Fair enough that you find something to be missing from the book. However, I don’t think Dorian was meant to be held up as a complete abomination. Wilde himself once wrote a letter saying: “Basil Hallward is what I think I am: Lord Henry what the world thinks me: Dorian what I would like to be–in other ages, perhaps.”
    To me, Dorian is more of an anti-hero in the sexy, sexy Byronic tradition. He certainly does things of questionable morality, but the reader can still find reasons to like him.

  14. Ann says:

    forever younger….I am Wilde fans…I read 自深深处,王尔德

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