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.


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.