This piece is the second instalment of a series of portraits of authors. Murakami has captured my attention in a way unlike any author I'd previously read the work of. There is a poetry in his writing and a surrealism that somehow feels just as real as a more 'realistic' narrative.
This portrait felt extra difficult as his expression is hard to put a finger on. I used a lot more negative space in this piece to emphasise the highlights on the face. I've found that simple is better when illustrating faces. Being too precise or adding too many details can detract from the essence of the person. Sometimes the details sacrifice the feeling.