|5" x 7" ink and watercolor on Fabriano Artistico rough paper|
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This is the fourth At First Glance picture. In this series I try to capture the essence of people that I see in Miami. A more comprehensive description of the series is here.
It's funny about an image like this one. I feel like I can tell you nine or ten things about this gentleman, without actually knowing a thing about him.
Part of the constraints I set for myself in the series is to draw in pen, with no advance pencil sketch. The idea is to keep the "sketchiness", just as though I am out and about sketching from life.
Is that crazy, or what? The first time I draw any of these folks, it is in variably too big. Then I overcompensate and draw too small. I am finding it takes four or five drawings to get it right. And then comes the watercolor, which, thus far - knock on wood - I have had no problem with.
Conclusion: This series is a form a self-torture that is just about better than anything. When I am done with the series, I will just cut off my ear and be done with it.
Note: I have made a subtle revision to the original watercolor and have replaced the image in this post. I apologize if any offense was caused by the earlier version. Please know that I had not noticed the feature in the earlier version, and that it was unintentional. If, like me, you didn't notice and have no clue what I am talking about then I am relieved. Ah, the vagaries of watercolor..