Tuesday, April 05, 2011
While I have several other projects underway, I've been spending a few minutes here and there on this portrait. I'm building the shadow levels slowly. I haven't created a face in very deep shadow in coloured pencil so I'm experimenting on scraps for the right combination of colours that give depth of value but not deadening it.
Some of me is still wandering, looking for inspiration and I find it in the oddest places sometimes. Tonight it was in a small fish and chip shop. While waiting for an order, the old 50's style chrome and red leatherette stools caught my eye. I took a few photos with my cell phone camera, while other customers gave me strange look, trying to figure out what I was up to. I think I'm past the stage of being self conscious about recording what appeals to me anymore. I only stop when someone asks me to and, to day, no one has, so that's good.
I'm playing around with composition and colour for this piece, adding and taking away elements until it looks right. Its a good feeling to be able to create your composition as you want it, and never be confined by what is in front of you.