|Maggie in Progress, measurement lines visible, not a good likeness yet.|
|Reference photograph borrowed from Bing Images, measurement lines visible|
Drawing free hand from photographs allows for easy documentation of measurements. Lay down a straight edge and see what points line up with what. When points don't line up as they should, make adjustments.
Yesterday I lifted an eye. Today, I enlarged the nose and zeroed in on the lips widening the space between the nose and the mouth. Her apple cheeks and smile lines were revisited and repositioned and I began reexamining the darkest areas of her hair, for they suggest the shape of her cranium. From a flat photo, I'm working a flat surface just as most portrait artists do during most, if not all, of the process.
|John Singleton Copley's George Washington|
using a grid for portraits that count).
Digital images, from the camera, from the computer, are a great boon to a genre that depends heavily on likenesses. Last year, I particularly liked looking at the portraits of George Washington. I favored Copley's work over the others-- because Copley was hired by nearly all the founding fathers. Word of mouth gets around, clients favor likenesses--but there's a hitch: some clients like to be better looking than they are. Given that piece of information, sorely won in my own early experiences, the portrait artist should ask the subject for their favorite photos of themselves, as well as take their own more formal shots. The painter/cameraman is most likely to get the best lighting. [Erin, is better looking in my portrait, than she was in the candid photo I took of her where the lighting was poor and I should have, could have, would have used a flash had I known then what I know now--but she looks like Erin looks to me. Nana is pleased--so's the other Nana. Good enough] .
Daylight Savings is starting in three weeks. I will be putting my Sun Torch Light away. I've enjoyed my thirty minute early morning drawing sessions very much and will have to find something to replace that bit of educational fun. An hour of gestural painting is a consideration. I say an hour because there's set up and clean up--not so with graphite.
HAPPY PAINTING GUYS. The studio is calling.