"Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that."
With this MLK quote in mind I set out to visually find a way to capture light. I also wanted to try a fresh approach to a portrait. I had some initial sketches in my sketchbook along with studies of a girl "thinking" whilst working in an internet cafe. Her hand gestures were going to link to MLK in a thoughtful pose, although ultimately I felt the hand wasn't needed.
I spotted another girl with uniquely angular hair. I thought this sharp angled approach would solve the tonal breakdown on MLK's face in striking clarity.
Inspiration for color came from walking the streets of San Francisco noting various types of graffiti. This also led to the strength of pose, almost like a mural.
Sketchbook work here:
Posted by Matthew Cruickshank, Doodler