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.