The background is threatening to be a little blah... at least in my opinion. In the reference photo, there is dark embroidery of a name on the shirt behind Gord. I made the decision to omit it from the drawing. My apprehension was that it would distract from the central focus of the drawing. My mind is still telling me that it very well might. But for some odd reason, the adventurous photo realistic side of my brain is wondering how the composition would look if the letters made an appearance. It made me nearly crazy this morning while thinking about it. Then, it occurred to me that maybe this doesn't have to be my problem. After all, this drawing was a request from my son. So as far as I'm concerned, the decision is in his lap. Whew!
After walking away from the drawing board completely frazzled in the head, I went out to do some serious yard work. Believe it or not, we are having some unimaginable warm temps for March... with even warmer temps to come at the end of this week! I take care of a few lawns in the neighborhood and thought that today would be great for raking up the leaves. Plus, the workout would get rid of all the frustration over this piece. Which was a win - win in my book! ;)
Oh... and I have to add, this photo was taken with my old digital camera. Notice the familiar discoloration that it picks up from the lights... Yuk! It occurred to me, while hunting for my new camera, that I had left it on a table at work. Not the smartest move on my part since that side of the building houses resale items. Duh! I raced to the phone to make a quick call and was lucky that it was still there. My worries weren't so much over the camera but the memory card inside it. I did back it up a month ago but am sooo happy that it will be safe at home again. :) Lesson learned on that one!
The next post will reveal the fate of this drawing and a new photo. I am anxious to hear my son's opinion. Of course, his Dad will have to throw in his two cents on the subject... I have no doubt! ;)