Initial Sketches

After months of research, it’s time to move on to my practice assignment. I decided to draw one of the scene in my personal picture book project. The scene is about a pianist’s struggle under the temptation of devil. The struggle within is so intense that he find himself losing direction. I tend to express an idea that the pianist was tempted unconsciously by the devil, whose controlling emerges aggressively.

Fig. 1. Initial sketch with inking pen, sketched on 12 Dec 2013

Fig. 2. Initial sketch with inking pen, sketched on 12 Dec 2013

Fig. 3. Initial sketch with inking pen, sketched on 12 Dec 2013

First, I tried to do some fast sketches (Fig. 1 to Fig. 3) by using an inking pen.The contour of flame-like devil’s face in fact is formed by hundreds of tiny fallen demons’ hands. The organization of hands are perceived with the factor of similarity and factor of proximity (Wertheimer, 1923, 301), in which the homogenous group are placed in proximal distance.

Fig. 4. Initial sketch with marker pen, sketched on 12 Dec 2013

Fig. 5. Initial sketch with pencil, sketched on 12 Dec 2013

In term of negative space, two giant devil’s hands are perceived in accordance with the principle of multistability (Koffka, 1922, p.559), while the positive space is perceived as the devil’s layout. A series struggling actions of the pianist are to perceived as part of feature of the devil, by which both the law of similarity and law of direction is adopted here (Wertheimer, 1923, 301). At the end, the pianist surrenders to the power or temptation of the devil.
References:
Wertheimer, Max (1923) Laws of Organization in Perceptual Forms. Untersuchungen zur Lehre von der Gestalt 2 (4), 301-350, available at https://artstrokez.wordpress.com/2013/10/18/max-wertheimer-laws-of-organization-in-perceptual-form-part-1/ (visited 15/10/13)
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