Today’s watercolor experiment:
I revisited yesterday’s portrait (Mike Crying) with the idea of finding a way to create the same feeling with as few brush strokes as possible. In my first attempt, I worked from memory.
Two features of this sketch worked: the eye looking at the viewer and the delicate hand supporting Mike’s head. However, if one compares it to yesterday’s sketch, the impact is much less.
I tried again:
I deliberately placed the head off-center and partially off the page. But again, the impact is not as great as my attempt from yesterday.
I do think it possible to distill the salient features of the original photograph into a stylized abstract composition consisting of shapes and colors.
It should be a simple matter, but it isn’t. I’ll keep trying.
- Mike is my older brother who is autistic, low functioning and nonverbal.