|Erin, Not a Mona Lisa Smile|
I did more work on this last night, but I'm really not
liking the smile--enough so, that the drawing became just another sketch.as my strokes got less controlled, as I got more frustrated. Her smile isn't genuine. It's annoying.
This morning I photographed it thinking at least fifty shots have to be taken to get a decent, photo of a person and preferably those shots aren't taken with them sitting in front of you and you saying "Hold it." Catching candid shots with people unaware you're there might be the way to go? Constantly taking pictures, people eventually would take you for granted--you'd become invisible.
|Ellis, Suduko and Coffee|
With portraiture, photography skills are as important to focus on as figurative painting and drawing. With the idea of hitting the road with my camera, I bought a new tote bag yesterday that will hold the camera as well as sketch book and pens. My plan is to get out a little more, shoot candids and scribble figurative compositions. If you see me, just ignore me. Eventually I'll go away taking your image with me. I 'll call for your signature on a release form if anything comes of images. --Portraiture beyond the studio setting is no cake walk.
POSTSCRIPT: I'm having the same problem as yesterday. I have to write in HTML mode and transfer to compose to break up the text. Positioning the photographs is a hit and miss--what am I saying. Getting the pictures where I want them is a total miss, which is very distressing for someone who used to manually layout a magazine.