Wednesday, April 20, 2011
What I'm Drawing Now Day 7 - Portrait of Melanie
Working from a photo has benefits but some real disadvantages. For instance, the colours are rarely accurate and distortions often occur. It is also easy for the artist to get overly concerned about detail to the detriment of the picture as a whole. To compensate, I periodically squint at the photo and the picture together, to get a general idea of value, rather than specific details. I will also go over the entire picture during the final stage to make adjustments. Glaring errors will be more obvious when I can see the picture as a whole.
Below is my drawing table. As you can see, this is a large picture - it doesn't even fit on the table! This is something I hope to remedy before my next big project.
Below, is another photo of Melanie - a different day, different lighting and a different look. No wonder it is easier to work from life!