Monday, June 6, 2011
Portrait of Joel - Textures: Trees
This is where I will leave the tree, at this stage. Though the bark appears a little red for my liking and the depth of colour needs to be intensified, I will move on to the concrete and the rest of the background. The reason for this is that I will be able to judge colour and tone more accurately when I can see the tree in the context of its background. Also, focusing on one area for long periods is not the best use of time. It generally results in going around in circles or over-doing a section. I find it is much quicker to touch up the entire portrait, near the end of the project, than to persevere in the pursuit of perfection as each section is completed.
Here is a close-up of the tree, so far. Seeing it on the computer, gives a different perspective than when I view it on my drawing table. I'm no longer too close to see the flaws and, already, I can see only too clearly what needs to be done in the way of shadows. Realism is improved enormously once the shadows are correctly rendered, so I will probably attend to that need before I do move on to the rest of the picture.