Charcoal, ink and watercolor on paper
This piece was created by Duncan Rutstein, class of 2014, and was a product of a class prompt that he had received by his art teacher Ben Roach. When asked about the process, Rutstein said “We were prompted with a card and I based the design off of previous stuff I’d done in before.” The ‘card’ Duncan is referring to is a card that Mr. Roach gave his students that contains a quote, prompt or instructions that are very vague, intentionally. The cards are designed to make young artists, such as Rutstein, think deeply about their work and look inside themselves to find the way to approach the card in their own unique way. The piece was primarily sketched using graphite for the basic outline and shape; then, Rutstein used a lot of ink overlay to further enhance the outline and bring forth key parts to the viewer’s eye and add a very strong sense of depth. The colors were made using watercolor paints. The watercolor paint lets the rough paper texture been seen through the color. The texture of the paper draws the eye of the viewer into certain parts of the artwork. Along with this, the watercolor also adds a focal point to draw the eye in. The first thing that a viewer would glance is the green coloring in the middle of the piece because most of the piece is not colored and it’s the only “big” solid color. From there the eye wanders up to the second subject and its helmet. From here the viewer would most likely spend a good part of the time looking at the second subject. Lastly the eye would make a big loop following the cord, that transforms into a string of smoke, all the way up to the top and back down to look at the lightly drawn sketching around the subjects or to look at the subjects again.