Watercolor Portrait Over Blind Drawing

I wanted to see what would happen if I superimposed a regular, studied sketch on a blind drawing of the same portrait subject. I used a photograph of my father as the model on which to experiment. My choice of subject holds emotional content, as my dad passed away a while ago and I still miss him.

I drew the inked outline first, without looking at the drawing paper. After that I did a careful pencil sketch of my dad, checking frequently between the reference photo and the drawing surface. It was a little difficult to ignore the overlying ink portrait.

I haven’t come to any conclusions about the relationship between the ‘unconscious’ (blind-drawn) figure and the carefully drawn portrait. However, as a viewer, I only see the ink drawing or the watercolor sketch; I can’t see them both at the same time, or even a merging of the two into a third, coherent image.

Sketch: Pen and Ink and Watercolor -Watercolor Portrait Over Blind Drawing

Watercolor Portrait Over Blind Drawing
Pen and Ink and Watercolor
8″x6″ 140# Cold Pressed Watercolor Block

 

Photography: Photo Reference (1991) for Blind Drawing/Portrait

Reference for Blind Drawing/Portrait
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