Sorrow is finished after 13 weeks. If I ever find a way to take a great photograph you guys will be the first to know, after two hours of trying I gave up and hopefully you have an idea of the final drawing.
The piece was submitted for a monthly drawing challenge on PMP, where the objective was to combine two photographs. My reference images were from two pmp photographers: Shaun Hopkinson (for the statue) and Rosemary Clark (the background). Both were great refs to work with.
I wanted a more feminine look to the statue so lines were softened, thinned her bulky arm and fingers, and used a female nose. The fabric, nose and fingers were a challenge to draw, but she taught me a lot. Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper and graphite pencils were used.
I’ve dedicated this piece to my Mother because it symbolizes a very sad point at this time in her life. Mom’s memory is fading and with it comes the fear of what is real or not, working hard to find short-term memories, repeating herself, or not realizing what she just said, heard or did – I can’t imagine what this feels like for her, the internal confusion must be overwhelming. The fabric symbolizes the heaviness of the affliction, the background symbolizes the fog that she must find herself in every now and then as life fades in and out. The relaxed hand on her forehead symbolizes Sorrow for her family and friends, we know what time will bring. We celebrate our time with her, because Mom still here – that’s our gift.
Thank you for staying with the project, I really appreciated your encouragement and support, means a lot.