Our son, a programmer, came home for a few days to help his dad set up some experiments. It is wonderful to have him home and to listen to the collegial talk between them as they work together. I cannot help but think about the little boy he once was, the young parents we once were and how talking together over the years has led to so much fun and growth.
I sat across the table and made several sketches before I caught the body language I was going for. The idea they are searching for is abstract and it shows in their gazes. Although they are sitting together with a pile of paper, their eyes look past each other, not at the papers and not at each other. People learning from each other pretty much maintain eye contact; people trying to pin down elusive ideas together pretty much look off into space. Although their discussion contained many moments where ideas were exchanged, I wanted this sketch to show the body language of thinking new thoughts.
This is a pastel, ink and gouache sketch on Derwent 135 pound black paper. This paper is new for me. It is a bit sturdier and has less tooth than the Moleskine and Semikolon paper I have been using. Its smoother surface takes the gouache differently and I am still learning how to best apply it.
On Thu, Jun 15, 2017 at 2:31 AM Deliberate Sketching wrote:
> Sarah Sullivan posted: ” Our son, a programmer, came home for a few days > to help his dad set up some experiments. It is wonderful to have him home > and to listen to the collegial talk between them as they work together. I > cannot help but think about the little boy he onc” >
I really really like this! All the pictures of your family have a lot of energy and color!
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I did not notice that before but you are right, in general I use more color for family member than other people. Interesting, thank you for this comment!
Their hands and faces are expressive and well painted!
Thank you, this paper is more responsive to making changes. The gouache lifts more readily off the Derwent paper than the Moleskine or Semikolon. Since I paint the main parts of the sketch fairly rapidly, the responsive lifting makes it easier to go back and make adjustments to the parts, like hands, that I often approximate more than render.
Such a great likeness of both of them!