This is the matched pair of drawings that I've been working on for my latest commission piece.
When finished, they will be framed in separate matching frames, each about 20x24 inches in size, and displayed about six inches apart on the wall over the client's bed. Each individual piece embodies its own unique compositional elements. However, the two pieces also make a complete composition together, and there is a flow going back and forth between them.
This is really a fun and interesting project for me, full of challenges that I'm excited to undertake. The current challenge is to keep the colors and values consistent. I do that by moving back and forth from one piece to the other, with the same handful of pencils, applying them in exactly the same way (as much as possible). Also challenging is the fact that I have no reference photos, so I'm making up all the highlights and shadows, hoping they look believable. (That's kind of fun, too!)
There is a psychological challenge, too, which has taken me by surprise. I developed a different attitude and toward the individual pieces. It seemed that Lefty was more easy to work with, and we got to be friends very quickly. The colors blended nicely, the shadows that I invented seemed to look very natural and realistic, the shapes and flow were pleasing and graceful from the very first. But with Righty, everything was a struggle at first. I erased and changed and went over and over some of the shapes and colors, taking hours to get things the way I wanted them. I found that I was approaching Righty with a slightly different mindset. Fortunately, that didn't last for long. I no longer feel like I'm working on two separate pieces now... I feel like I'm working on ONE piece, even though it is on two papers.
I think there is a point in the creation of a piece where the artist and the artwork form a connection and a deep understanding of one another. With some pieces, it takes longer for that magical bond to form, but once it does, I can't seem to tear myself away from my desk until it's completed.