In yesterday’s post (Emotional), I revisited a seminal photo in my long term photo project about him.
Today I tried to boil down his look of sadness. I focused on one eye. It appeared to have a tear in it, but since the photo was so grainy it was hard to tell.
In my first watercolor attempt I was very meticulous about every brush stroke.
I used fast brush strokes in my second attempt.
In my third attempt, using a black oil-based pen, I was unable to achieve any nuances in shading. Perhaps I could have, had I taken more time. But I think Mike’s crying eye requires the analog approach of watercolor rather than the black-or-white approach of a pen and ink sketch.
My reference photograph is below:
* Mike was diagnosed with autism and “profound retardation” in the 1950s. He has never spoken.