What? LOL Yep, the little guy is now forever immortalized in graphite. Whew! My son and I discussed the options, after my last post. Due to the light box throwing off the intensity of the darks in the hamster, my son still wasn't 100% sure how it should be finished. But once he viewed the original art in natural light, he was adamant that the drawing should have the background added. (He worried initially that the dark lettering would over power the main focus.) We both felt that the added letters would or should push the central focus forward... We were not disappointed! :)
As I finished up the details this morning, my son ambled into the studio to see the progress. His facial expression was the same as when viewing the "Dani" drawings. I knew then, this composition had been completed to his satisfaction; although, I still agree with my initial feelings and blog comments that this drawing could have been just as effective with or without the background.
This is just a fine case of familiarity bringing a personal touch to a drawing. Even though the hands were distinctly my son (by far my favorite hand model), the sweatshirt brought him into the composition in a stronger sense... for him and even for me too. This feeling was all wrapped up in his choice of apparel. ;) The shirt was bought on his first major trip without the rest of the family. It was purchased right before graduating high school and not long before acquiring his first two pets (the little hamsters!). After giving the situation many hours of thought, in a serendipitous way, the shirt represented the hamster's owner just as much as the hands. Just one of those quirky things, I guess. ;)
This brings another interesting question floating into my thoughts. Had my son wore a plain or raggedy work tshirt, would this discussion be taking place? I seriously doubt it. After reading the comments left by fellow artists in the blogosphere, I am even more certain that it would not have taken place. That is a main reason why I do not list original photos with the work. It keeps my followers from becoming tainted by a preconceived notion of how the finished work should look. In a sense this is unfair to my viewers, but I am lucky to be in a group of very talented individuals that will speak their piece when different scenarios are played out. I am forever grateful to have their opinions. The day that I stop listening to their thoughts is the day that I no longer grow as an artist. I hope that day never comes! :)
Many thanks to the comments from Andrew, Sally and Teresa. Their sites can be visited by clicking their names in the comment section of my previous posts. And before I post this up for view, I will be putting a blog roll to the right side of my page. Each of their sites will be listed for viewing, along with some other talented people that I like to follow! :)