In the reference photograph for this sketch, I used a detached flash. This resulted in a clear, high-contrast photo. One of the changes I would make in this sketch would be to make his left hand a bit smaller. It looks like someone else’s finger is in Mike’s ear. I should also work on getting […]
There is a hint of stress in this young man’s posture. His hunched posture certainly conveys this impression. However, he left hand shows more than a suggestion of the jitters.
I had intended to explore the history of still lifes in yesterday’s post, but after thumbing through some of my old art catalogs, came upon some hands that I couldn’t resist sketching. I am interested in gestures and their power to convey emotion. My older brother is autistic, low functioning and nonverbal and holds his […]
I started preparing for today’s blog by looking up the history of still lifes (which is where I learned that the plural of still life is not still lives). I was going to take a break from hands for a while, but as I was looking through some of my old art bulletins. I came across […]
I must say at the outset, I am not pleased with the sketches I present today. I really like my photograph, from which the gestures were excerpted, but perhaps it is not transferrable to watercolor. Note: This is another in a continuing series of hand gestures I have been sketching in watercolor (Holding Hand, Hands […]
My watercolors for the past two days (Resting Position and Resting Hands Revisited) have been gestures from a photograph of Mike and one of his classmates, M___, at their Day Program. Mike, my older brother, is autistic, very low functioning and nonverbal. Today’s study In today’s study I portray the hands of my brother. His head is down […]
Yesterday’s watercolor study did not portray the emotion or feeling that I wanted. Although each hand position was fairly accurate, I think their relative positions contributed to my unhappiness. Today I was thinking about how to remedy the situation: Perhaps I could include more context. If the forearms or torso were presented, would that help? […]
Everybody has a position in which they are comfortable. I’m not sure if this is the case with the owner of the hands in today’s study. M___ was a classmate of my brother Michael at his Day Program. For those of you reading my blog for the first time, Mike is my older brother who is […]