This is a portrait drawing of Hua Tuo (c. 140–208); an ancient Chinese physician who lived in the late Eastern Han Dynasty. This portrait artwork is approximately 9″x12″ and was created for the Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology. The portrait was first drawn with pens and colored pencils, followed by markers and watercolors. Then the drawing was scanned and edited digitally to include a watercolor backdrop and highlights. The artwork will appear in the entrance exhibit of the WLM’s new physical location in Chicago, Illinois.
Hua Tuo Portrait Drawing
This is a drawing of a face that is approximately 7″x7″. A thin red pen was used to mark in basic facial features and eyes, and a wash of purple watercolor was used to define value and some shading. Light washes of water were repeatedly used to subtly blend lighter shades of ink around the face, but these shades are not readily visible without contrast adjustment. In the second image, the Levels of the artwork were shifted to reveal a higher degree of contrast between the ink and the paper. This adjustment gives the face an eerie set of eyes and a creepy sandman appearance as the computer attempts to fill in the white space with a grainy gradient value.
As an ode to the recent film “28 Weeks Later“, and its predecessor “28 Days Later“, I decided to mortify a zombie looking creature. It is a digital work of art, implementing numerous adjustments to the color, value, contrast, blur, and many other effects applied to the original image. I hope it is as striking as the films were meant to be, if only captured in one irrelevant work of digital art.