Just a little introduction, my name is Shane Murphy, and I am an Senior Illustrator at Montserrat College of Art. I work primarily with Acrylic and Oil paint as well as ink in my work, and I am attending Mark Hoffmann's Illustration Thesis course this Fall.
Here is a value sketch as well as a color sketch for an upcoming editorial piece that I will be creating for my thesis portfolio. The article I am creating the image for describes the similarities and differences between the left and right hemispheres of the brain, as well as the important role that symmetry plays in the development of the brain during our lifetime.
The final piece will be painted on canvas with acrylics and oils, and will be prepared on a canvas that is larger to scale than what the reproduced image will be. (6.5h x 4.24w)
The value sketch below is not to scale, but will be important in finding my lights and darks when I begin work on the final piece. The color sketch is to scale, and I am very excited to work these colors even further into the composition. The image is a self portrait, with arrows on either side of the head to very simply emphasize right and left. Both halves of the composition are different yet are linked by color and pattern to achieve a sense of balance between symmetry and asymmetry. I would like to play with the patterns to achieve a "brain texture".
Any comments and/or criticism are welcome! Also, here is a link to my personal blog!