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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Homework... 365 Days of Drawing.



A compositional study I did yesterday for a new portrait commission to determine value pattern, composition, color and 'feel'- which luckily also met the daily drawing challenge.

A study always tells me what is going to give me trouble ahead. I spent quite a lot of time on this small study, believe it or not. Enough to know, I think I might prefer a standing pose. I also have a head study I did from life of the sitter. All valuable tools so one is not just relying on photo reference. I feel doing one's art homework before a commission starts is important.

2 comments:

Marian Fortunati said...

Is it just instinct that helps you decide what is the best pose??
You said you did this study and now think you want to do a standing pose.... Why??
Just because.... ???

I'm always curious. I know many artists do thumbnail value studies and I usually try to do them as well... but when they (or I) do more than one... I never really know WHICH is better or WHY I chose one over the other.

Thanks, Johanna.. for always giving me a bit more to think about!!

Portrait Painting By Johanna Spinks said...

I think when you do a study like this which I spent some time on, you get a feeling that it could be better this way or that. Or a feeling, yes, I really like this.

Once your painting emotions start to get involved in the painting, by doing a life study, comp. sketch, the direction becomes more clear.