(above) version 2
(above) version 1
With final crits last week and this week I’ve been away from these portraits for a for a little while. Today was really productive, I finished version 2 of No. 7 in the morning, and in the afternoon I had another photo session with Marianna along with some life drawing as well. I’ve done multiple photo sessions now, and it’s always amazing to me that she’s able to come up with new content no matter how many times we do a session. With eight more portraits to complete, this may well be the last round of photography that I need to do.
It’s really interesting to do a side-by-side comparison between the two versions of No. 7:, I think overall the gesture of version 2 is better in that the facial expression seems more extreme. Looking at version 1, it feels quite reserved by comparison. Version 2 also seems overdone, I was less selective at the time about where I put the details, so I ended up putting them everywhere making for a less efficient drawing. The one part of version 1 that I do like better is the mouth; somehow the distortion of the mouth is a little more extreme and therefore more effective.