12 x 14 Graphite
This fellow was standing outside a little souvenir shop at the Renaissance Festival, and I couldn't resist snapping his photo. From there, I let my own imagination put the story together on the paper. The beauty of working with graphite is the freedom to be able to change things and I took full advantage of that freedom with this piece!
In my reference photo, his hand was posed on top of an easel, and I didn't want that, so I drew the globe, which has a top edge similar to the easel. I drew it from the Pacific side, because I clearly remember the day, as an adult, I finally realized that North America and Russia are almost touching! I always thought they were so far apart because of the maps we had in school! I changed the shapes of the continents a bit too, just because they look prettier.
The globe is perched on a stack of books, which have become sort of a trademark of mine.
He had a purse of some sort where you see the clock, but I didn't like the purse, so now he has a nice big watch, with only one hand. They're better that way, because it can be whatever time you want it to be!
The walking stick in the reference photo was boring, and didn't stand out enough, so I changed it to a candy cane, which is way more fun.
For the background, I had planned a long path fading into the horizon to the left, made from a long page of sheet music, or a page of old English text, like a story book... but that started to seem overwhelming, so I opted for a dirt road with a low stone wall disappearing into the horizon. But when I started to draw it out, I didn't like how it broadened the whole scene away from the man.
It seemed cozier and a much more cohesive composition to put a stone wall behind him, leading the eye down to his face.
My next project will be to enlarge this drawing and redraw it with colored pencil! I'm thinking I'll use all kinds of blues, with some splashes of bright warm colors here and there. But we'll see what changes I make along the way!