|You have to look closely to see the grid lines and the contour outline of the back of my head.|
After discussing the various photos I took last week, Todd and I agreed upon the one you see on the upper left corner of the 36 x 24 inch linen canvas. We both thought another photo could be used to fill in the unsightly view out the window. I do have a few ideas--like a cloud formation--if I'm going to call it Daydreamer--I'll sleep on it.
Reference photo chosen, the first step was to draw in a grid over the photo corolated to the grid drawn in my lightest hand on the canvas. and assign a letter to each row and a number to each column for easy referral--sort of like making an Excel chart. The scale on the reference photo is 1/2" = 2 " on the canvas. The little that can be seen here took the three hours of class time. After a couple of errors, I started subdividing some squares to eliminate errors and insure drawing accuracy. My 3H mechanical lead, a souvenir from my years of mechanical drawing, served me well; a 2H would have been too soft. I kept a sharp point and a light hand to insure coverage. The knead eraser did a fine job on the linen surface. I made sure to keep it clean.
My homework is to finish the contour and paint in the lines so they have time to dry by next week--says Todd. Says me, the contour has to be perfect before I get out my number 1 round sable. The contour drawing is the foundation; it should be strong.
I'm starting to worry about losing my loose touch. I have to work that painting technique in after I get this painting launched. It will be launched when I get to the grisaille. This is a great painting technique for an A personality--which I am on some things--like designing someone's house. For twenty five years, painting was a relief from drafting, an opportunity to be a B. There's nothing B about the Venetian Technique