Left: 11 x 17 inch sketch of Michael Kitchen as Foyle in "Foyle's War." Pentel fine point pigment brush pen and Pentel Colorbrush dye-based brush pen on Fabriano eco drawing paper. Click on the image to view an enlargement.
OK, so everyone who reads my blog knows that I love "Foyle's War" (which has sadly ended its run with the release of the final episodes earlier this year). And everyone also knows how much I adore Michael Kitchen as Foyle.
So the other day I was doing another sketch of Kitchen as Foyle. Sometimes when I scan things and prepare the file for the web I hit the wrong keys.
On the day I scanned this sketch I hit the "invert keys" in Photoshop. The second image in today's post was the result.
There's nothing earth shattering to say about this, but I do feel it gives an impression of my earliest marks, obscured by later shading choices in the final sketch. The whitest lines in the inverted version are those first lines of ink I put down: eyebrows, eyes, nose, lips, ear; and then the last lines, some darker hair bits when everything else was finished. So for me looking at it now it's like looking back in time.
Anyway, that's the way it struck me today so I thought I'd share it. (Always work on copies of your original scan so you never write over your original file and have to scan again—I've had that down pat for decades, because sometimes the fingers just stray to other keys.)