One Woman, One Voice

Originally posted on August 28, 2016.

When you look at these two images side by side, it's obvious one is straight up the zoomed-in version of the other. But, if you were only observing one of the two on its own, you'd probably come up with a different interpretation.

This was the idea I explored while drawing the above piece. I didn't want to copy the original photo (which I found thanks to Google search); I tried to think of a way to illustrate the same woman in a new perspective. Thus, the close-up drawing.

The eyes have always been my favorite facial feature to draw just because here I have the freedom to add as much intensity as I want in the person's expression (which always turns out to be a lot). Surprisingly, I also found that for this specific picture I could add intensity through the eyebrows. Something about this woman's eyebrows made me think I could use them to make her face bolder, more attention grabbing.

The woman in the image on the right has stopped in the middle of an outdoor stroll to wonder where she's going next (literally and figuratively), looking to the viewer for some sort of possible guidance. The woman on the left, however, is in deep thought, too deep to even realize there is a viewer. She's withdrawn from any outside influences or voices and is focusing on the internal, relying on her voice and her voice alone to tell her where she's headed next.