|Steve, oils, 6 x 9"|
I love it when Dick Blick comes for breakfast. There I was having mine and planning my new Steve/Zac attack when the doorbell rang. The UPS guy was standing there loaded down with the pastel supplies I ordered just last Saturday. He also had my 20 x 20 canvases, one of which will be for Mr. Fuz Zy Pants, next in line on the easel. For today, however, this Finnegan will begin again.
|Zac, a new beginning.|
You all are right. The photograph is not a good one. It's just a snap shot. The lighting is natural and the subjects were totally uncontrolled. But I really do like Zac's expression. It's so fun kid. So I'm using it--just like I would be using a photograph when doing any other portrait. Portraiture requires working mostly from photographs with a couple of sittings at the end to firm up the painting. Hopefully the artist can control the photoshoot a lot better than I did this one, but then who knew where I was going to go with it?
Zac and Steve have matured considerably since I took this photograph five years ago. Other subjects I have drawn were deceased. Dogs and cats certainly can't be counted on to pose quietly for the painter either.I would say, photography is a major part of working in this genre. I would also say that the grid system is often a good way to cut out the hit and miss of free hand when likenesses are absolutely necessary or, as in Zac's case, difficult. Had I given in sooner, I would have saved myself a lot of aggravation. But I do believe I'd like to get to the point where I can read all the connections without the aid of a grid. Maybe next month :-)
|Dick Blick came for breakfast.|