"You think you can win on talent alone? Gentlemen, you don't have enough talent to win on talent alone."
~ Kurt Russell as portraying Herb Brooks in the movie "Miracle"
Okay, so maybe there's no part of me that thinks I'll actually win, but that quote served as my motivator through an adventurous project. I knew by skill alone it would be much harder to stand out, so I let my creative side loose to do something... different. Something that could make someone somewhere give it a shot just because it's unique.
And I also wanted to channel the theme it seems that Tim Burton accentuates so well in his movies, one of two contrasting worlds that wind up colliding with the plot focusing around that like in such movies as The Nightmare Before Christmas and The Corpse Bride.
Here, on the left is black&white because it's representing him from his time period, and obviously the reflection is of the witch who cursed him, surrounded by flames because of her destructiveness.
On the right, it's in color as its him of the present, but the reflection of the family portrait is in black&white not only to finish off the inverse effect, but to show how he doesn't really fit in.
I know that doesn't really explain it well, but I hope you get at least an idea of what I was going for. If not, just ask and I can answer!
And personally, this was also the first time I had ever used charcoal and colored pencils for something as involved as a portrait, so I'm even that much more proud of what came out.
This was also the entirety of my Spring Break.
Stressful, but definitely worth it, as this turned out so much better than expected.
This was done using charcoal, colored pencils, white chalk pastel and a general set of pencils. In real life it's 10.625 x 8.5 inches, so yes those reflections were drawn in a very small space with a very sharp pencil - it was fun! ^-^
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