Value added

There’s a question I keep turning around in my head. What value do my drawings bring to the viewer, beyond what can be provided by a photograph? Working from life, this never worried me-I was capturing a moment that hadn’t yet been captured. Now working from photographs, I’m struggling with how to add value to an image that has already been captured. The color pieces still have a long way to go-still too muddy and still too close to the original image.

With black and whites, (or chocolate and cream, or sienna and cream) however, I think I’m starting to find some success by focusing on the lighting. There is a spark to Baby E that is flattened by the camera flash.  So here is my latest attempt.