— Tony Bravo, DATEBOOK, San Francisco Chronicle
When Tyler Gordon paints, he starts with the darkest and most defined facial features: the line of the eyes, the structure of the jaw, the shadow from the chin. He continues with the medium-shaded areas, lips, hair, nose, then and finishes with the lightest surfaces, like the cheekbones and smile lines. In about 30 minutes, he can create a portrait that might take other artists hours.
A video Tyler posted to Twitter on Nov. 22 shows a time-lapse version of this process from start to finish. Tyler sits by San Francisco Bay with his easel and canvas, the Golden Gate Bridge behind him. At the end, he stands, gives a thumbs-up and shows the final painting, revealing the face of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.