Mike Sketch Project: Mike’s Eye Looking at Me June 1990

I took the photo on which this sketch was based, while on a walk with my brother Mike* when he was living in his group home. The look in Mike’s eye is different in the photo than in the sketch. I wonder if the scale of this drawing has anything to do with its look. There is a lot of area to cover on a 12×9″ sketch. A smaller format would be easier to render. One of the factors that influences this composition is shading.  As you can see from the reference photo (below), the continuously changing tonal values make the facial expression ambiguous, thus easy to ponder on its meaning.  Mike’s look in the sketch is different than the photo.

Pencil Sketch: Mike Sketch Project: Mike's Eye Looking at Me June 1990

Mike Sketch Project: Mike’s Eye Looking at Me June 1990
Pencil and Charcoal Sketch
12″x9″ 60# Drawing Paper

 

Photography: Reference Photo: Mike's Eye Looking at Me June 1990

Reference Photo: Mike’s Eye Looking at Me June 1990

 

* Mike is autistic, low functioning and nonverbal

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