"I Am You" - Process
Starting the Portraits
I Met women from different countries and explained the project to them. I asked if they wanted to be a part of this peace project. Each woman spoke about what peace meant to her. I took photos of each woman. I worked from my photos or from the women sitting for me.
Photo by Doug Coulson
I started with choosing one side of each woman's face. I usually saw more love in one side of her face than the other. I wanted to show one eye, her nose and her mouth. That was enough to show her ethnicity, uniqueness and essence. It also was the right amount to suggest that she would be completed by the portrait adjoining her. I then drew the woman's face on my canvas.
I tested out the composition and the strength of the contrasting tones.
this is a drawing of Katrina