In my sketchbook, I am doing a series of pen and wash portraits of Science Fiction writers. This will link with a set of paintings based on Science Fiction stories.
I have been thinking about the meaning of pictures - why choose a subject? So, I think, I have to lean towards subjects that are embedded in my life (that I feel a close connection with, over the multitude of other things I could choose).
Ideally, this illustration of a science fiction story should be from a Ballard story, but it is Ray Bradbury. Still, it is good to put 'portrait of a science fiction writer' with a picture inspired by my reading of the genre.
I begin to see how this project could go.
There are so many things to draw and paint - how to get to the subjects closest to the heart? I know this is one of those for me.
This picture is 12 inches square. I have planned a series of 10 pictures, to do in 10 days. The elements of each one are a combination of observed people and scenes, and imagined people and scenes. For instance, in this one, the postures and the gestures of the two people are linked to some sketches and mono prints I made of the audience at Wimbledon between tennis matches.
Tracking my art projects, week by week.