Sunday, April 18, 2010

Who is this fool? - Part 2

Results from an experiment with impressionism. The task turned out to be more difficult than I had anticipated. Thus far, I had made fun of inaccurate abstract modern art. Turns out it is more difficult than it looks. I am using pastels after more than a decade. So I thought a good way to get back would be to make a human portrait. Decided to try an impressionist style of coloring - basically thick strokes, no fine features, the figure should look un-realistic and blurred, yet it should convey the impression of the personality and one should roughly be able to make out the person. It is much harder than I thought, and the lesson learnt was to respect art a bit more ... and use pastels for such work on a bigger scale. This small 6 inch by 7-7.5 inch size is too small to use thick blurred strokes while still bringing out some accuracy.

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