“Today, in our field, there is so much talent and recognition that we are reaching a saturation point. An artist should no longer strive only for breathtaking craftsmanship; he should, instead, try to help us live better, either by dressing the wounds that are constantly being opened by society, or by offering solutions to get us out of the mess we’re in…But it’s going to be difficult and we have a lot of work to do.” - Jean 'Moebius' Giraud

Monday, November 05, 2012

THE HUMMINGBIRD_commission

[9 x 12" - blue pencil, brush & technical pen, COPIC marker on 100lb/300series bristol board]




A commission done as gift from a son to his mom. The mandate was, "Please draw a girl with long hair riding a hummingbird - like you did with that girl riding that dragonfly."

I believed that was a worthwhile challenge.

The bird was the most challenging aspect to draw. I was trying to negotiate a technique in order to communicate that trademark way that hummingbirds' wings move. But I came to the conclusion that any sort of over-the-top rendering  in order to achieve that effect would probably overshadow the primary read when looking at the image - which is the bird and the girl. Besides, it was a gift and I didn't want to do too much experimentation and discovery for fear of getting lost in the exercise, as opposed to drawing something decent that the guy's mom would appreciate hanging on the wall.

Feathers are wonderfully painful to draw.


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