This week’s topic is “Whisper”.
Research (of the wiki variety) led me to discover the wonders of the whispering wall. They are perfectly real: rooms created with circular walls that carry sound in such a way that a whisper on one side of the room can be heard perfectly at the other.
That was the inspiration for this picture:
The drawing came surprisingly quickly once it got underway. The guy in front needed very little erasing after the initial sketching took place. As detailed as the architecture is, I worked confidently and didn’t have to redraw much. Getting the elliptical shape of the opening right was probably the hardest part.
Oh, yes… and the hand. That cupped hand was a bother. I had to go find a mirror and practice with my own hand after a few failed attempts at free-handing it. I drew it on paper a few times with a pen, then drew it on the computer.
It’s still a little awkward, but passable.
The color was a mess. I worked on it for hours over the course of a couple of evenings. It wasn’t until I turned the full-color picture to a sepia-toned version that it really started to work. There is still a hint of some other hues in the lines of the far guy and in my signature.
I’d still like to complete a full-color version of this, but there’s no telling when I’ll get around to that.