Some more progress on the Watcher.
I accomplished quite a bit more on the leaves/greenery. At about this point, I started getting the uncomfortable feeling that something wasn’t quite right, though I couldn’t put my finger on it. A nagging little voice in my head was insisting something was lacking. But when I get really, really focused on something, I don’t want to stop. I want to press on. Work through it. Ignore the little voice and it’ll go away.
Thankfully, I’m getting better at listening. So, I stopped.
When I came back to the drawing a day or so later, I realized what had been bothering me. So, it’s a head with a very stern expression with a head-dress of leaves. OK. So what? Without the title, what does that mean? If I want the focus to be the story the art tells and not so much about the technique…?
To me, there wasn’t context for the image. It needed something more… so I decided to add his hand grasping a staff/rod. (The image is cloudy because there’s a tracing paper overlay on which I’ve been sketching.)
My reasoning follows:
1. To add context: as mentioned above, I wasn’t satisfied that the portrait alone was conveying what I wanted. He’s a mythical character, and he’s obviously not amused. So, I chose to show his hand clenched tightly around what could be a badge of office… or a weapon, to show more definite emotions rather than, …oh I don’t know… discomfort from indigestion maybe?
2. To make the negative space more interesting: that blank space to me wasn’t doing anything to help balance that BIG head, but I also didn’t want to distract from it by adding a background.
3. To more strongly define the composition: I want the focal point to be his face, most especially his eyes. But all of that very busy foliage had begun not only to compete, but also to direct the viewer’s eye away, since the stalks and leaves are growing away from the face. To counter this, the line of the shoulder sweeps down, and then the strong directional of the angled rod brings the viewer’s eye back up to the face, passing behind the head very near the eyes.
Maybe I’m messing it up. I don’t know. But at least I got the little voice to hush up. For now.