I’ve been working on a series of faces for over a year. The current batch is all digital.
The inspiration for the series came from being intrigued by the number of artists who paint less and less detail as you move away from the subjective target. The less relevant to their perceived focus, the less detail. While I find this a valid and sometimes interesting way to manipulate your viewer, it has become overdone and a way to say you are stylistically lazy.
In the series, I have expanded on my arm series and set some rules. The focus is the entire face. A neck and hand may be occasionally appropriate, but not the norm. The background must enhance the face in some way. The face must have an appropriate style used to convey its emotion. Above all else, the face must be interesting.
So we have the above. This was the first face to successfully achieve my criteria.
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