Simple Studies

I had this idea while I was sleeping. It wasn’t a dream; I was just thinking of ways to keep my watercolor studies simple but on point. I am interested in synesthesia, the phenomenon whereby some people automatically get two sensations for the price of one, so to speak. For instance a synesthete may hear a certain tone when she sees the color yellow; or he may smell an aroma upon hearing music.

So I was thinking of a schematic (and hopefully ambiguous) way to represent a human nose. In my slumber design had an angular, art deco-ish look to it. There would be room to incorporate some of the icons  that I developed a couple of weeks ago.

The first watercolor sketch is what I call an analog study. The only lines I drew on the paper were the triangular guides. I painted the darker central axis of each triangle by hand and tried to blend it into a lighter yellow for the lateral parts of the triangles.

Analog Study for Synesthesia 12-29-13

Synesthesia Analog Preparatory Study
5″x7″ 140# Hot Pressed Watercolor Paper

My next endeavor involved going back to the drawing board, literally. I drew the triangular shapes and vertical lines to use as guides. I tried to gradually lighten the yellow color, adding Chinese White to the Quinacridone Gold for each space away from the central axis of the large triangle. I carried out the same procedure for the Quinacridone Purple used for the contrasting outer triangles. I call the picture below, my digital study.

Digital Study for Synesthesia 12-29-13

Synesthesia Digital Study
5″x7″ 140# Hot Pressed Watercolor Paper

Finally, I added the icons for the senses of smell and hearing in the final study below.

Synesthesia Study 12-29-13

Synesthesia Study
5″x7″ 140# Hot Pressed Watercolor Paper

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