For the abstract illustration exercise I chose to paint while listening to Gypsy Kings, a group that I enjoy and was part of the exercises's list suggestions. The idea was to make a numerous of marks while listening to the music and trying to be as expressive as possible.
I used my big sketchbook for this propuse and mainly I used Gouache, even though I had also chosen oil pastels and pencil colors. For most of my marks I chose warm color and I felt the impulse of painting primarily curves and circles.
Then I took pictures with the square mode of my phone to then try to recreate my favorite, but I'm not really convinced by the remake, I fell that the first marks were more natura than the ones I came up with when trying to recreate it.
Regarding the question: "Do you think your image would work as an illustration for a cover of a CD for the music you listened to?" I think it could, specially the square piece taken out directly from the bigger abstract illustration and not the second version.
Overall, I've never been really attracted to abstract art and I also didn't love the process of producing it. It was a fun and interesting exercise but I don't think it's a topic that I'd be actually interested in diving in.
The idea of this exercise was to take an image and to create different versions of the same by cropping it in different ways. I chose a scene that had three main characters and a background full of information, and I think that helped to create very interesting new versions.
I found some of the new versions definitely more dramatic and even eye catching than the full picture.
Bellow are the ten versions I created from the original picture with Photoshop.