While waiting for acrylics to dry, I ventured out into the yard mid afternoon yesterday for some photographic sketching. Tony Paul's term is right on the nose. Though I've been doing it forever, I never stopped to really consider that what I was doing, with my camera and time spent on the computer in my photo editing program, was making sketches that could be painted.
|Entanglements, photograph, l.w.roth|
This photograph will never be a painting. It was taken at approximately 3:20 PM. It's been cropped to get the best composition, and the exposure has been decreased to increase the values. Actually, an all over, totally drab gray was the truth of the overcast day. Pictures with few values make poor references, UNLESS graphite is the artist's medium of choice. This would make one amazing graphite drawing that would take forever. It is not for the daily painter. --The tree stump to the right of center needs to be faded out by a couple of steps--just thinking in case...
|A photographic sketch with reference possibilities|
After my gray disappointment, I caught a glimpse of sunlight at 8:45 AM. I threw on my duds and headed outside to catch a few photos before the sun was blocked by the expected snow. Sunlight obviously is desirable if color is what you're after and aren't we all? This photograph has painting potential, but still needs the painters eye to simplify it. Off the top of my head, I would do a bit of clearing and eliminating and play up the horizon which runs along the top third of the picture. I didn't mat this photo, for the blues and golds and subtle violets I see make it is a good reference for future use. (Can you see the deer's hindend It's about a third down on the right and in about a third). Note the burgundy in the fallen branches in the foreground; burgundy can always persuade me. The color scheme presented in this photo is what makes it attractive.
This photo too had to be enhanced. While the sun was out, it wasn't full strength. After cropping to place the horizon where I would if painting the scene on canvas, I ran this through my photo adjustment program a few times till I brought out as much color as possible without turning the blue to pink. No matter what I did with the top photograph, it remained as colorless as the day.
There are days suitable for photo sketching and there are days that are not IF you want the perfect sketch to come right out of the camera. But that will never happen--just a drawn sketch is rarely is used as is for the painting, a photographic sketch is just a notation, an aid to memory, a place to kick-off .