My client wanted something based around the Indian spiritual teacher and humanitarian leader Amma. She also wanted the piece to feature abstract swirls of colours and shapes that had a supportive and uplifting feel to them.
In this blog post I want to go through the steps I went through to create this piece.
I also wanted the face to be looking out optimistically over a large area of negative space that also featured (in the bottom left hand corner) a radiating heart:
I put 2 supportive faces at the bottom and the middle, and then a 3rd face at the top that's watching more from a distance.
I also put a symbol of the elephant god Ganesha at the throat of the main character:
Again, I wanted to have the shapes take on a swirling and supportive feel to them so I let them grow around the waving lines that I'd added previously.
I also added another heart directly above the first. I wanted it to look as though the main face was looking at and around the new heart in a somewhat diffused and non-localised way and in a way that he/she looks as though they're captivated, transfixed and uplifted by it in a loving and empowering way:
The only shapes I didn't outline were those of the elephant at the main character's throat, as I wanted this to remain more etheric and diffuse:
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