"Transition" is meant to portray one slowly gaining clarity amidst all the chaos in their life. I wanted to contrast the clarity of the eyes against the tumultuous patterns surrounding the face to show an almost epiphanic realization of oneself. I tried to accomplish this by using brighter toned colors for the eyes, and darker toned colors for the patterns surrounding it.
ORIGINAL CONCEPT AND ROUGHT SKETCH:
My original concept for this piece was to portray the entire face in the composition. However, I felt a close up on the eyes would allow me to not only put in more detail to the piece but more effectively convey my message and tone.
BASE COLORS: Before diving into the complicated patterns of the piece, I started "Transition" by laying down simple basic foundation colors used when painting any face. After the basic tones are set, I then went over those with highly pigmented colors and ink doodles.
After setting down the coloring and ink outlines for the patterns, I then went over many shapes with another thicker layer of acrylic to give some more texture and dimension to the patterns. For this piece, I decided to finish the patterns first before going into the eyes. This way, I would know how bright the colors and value must be in the eyes to contrast against the face patterns.