So, I wasn’t sure I should ever even publish this picture, but I need a palette cleanse after that last piece, to start the week fresh.
I did this a few months back, and it was really the genesis of my attempts to adopt a looser, more personally enjoyable approach to drawing (documented in painful detail in my last post), which is why it’s such a scrappy mess.
I like it though, way more than a lot of more technically accomplished pieces. On a technical note, however, this is (sadly) one of the first pieces I’ve done where I focused on making it work when mirrored. It still looks better as presented, with the subject looking left, but it more or less works when flipped horizontally. It was interesting how effective flipping the orientation back and forth was in helping me figure out why certain things just looked “off”.
I like the eyes on this piece, more than anything. There’s nothing terribly complicated about them, but I feel like they convey a certain sense of warmth that I really enjoy. That’s what I like the best about drawing, being able to scratch together a bunch of fundamentally meaningless marks that, when you get lucky, have the ability to convey something unexpectedly vulnerable and human. Her eyes make me happy.