Pamela Martinez approached Sarina Shohet with a proposition late last year.
"I said to Sarina, 'Can I give you a really difficult assignment?'" Martinez recalled. "She said, 'Yes.'"
Students in Martinez's Advanced Placement art class at Irvine-based Tarbut V'Torah drew a single portrait for the project.
But Sarina drew two — one on white paper and the second on a differently textured brown sheet. The final graphite sketch, which depicts a friend whose parents are in the throes of a divorce, was titled "Cognizance of Her Teenage Psyche."
"This double assignment forced [her] to consider the process more carefully, bringing each drawing to the same stage of completion simultaneously," Martinez said.
"The drawings are difficult to execute because the artist will naturally compare the two drawings to see if they are the same person and thus begin to judge his or her own rendering abilities. Therefore, inherent in the task is a higher standard for the artist to achieve."