I'm inspired by blogger Suzanne Berry..she has been cleaning out her studio and I'm going to follow her lead and do the same. I started today but I didn't get far. I started looking through some of my old sketchbooks. (Mistake, but I liked the walk down memory lane)...There was an ink blot that I had made into a face. It now reminds me of work by Harry Kent. I liked running into a the colorful city (Portland, I guess...that looks like the KOIN tower). I don't remember doing the super vague vine charcoal face, but I enjoyed seeing it--- there is so little to it it's like a wisp of air. I guess I did not ever date these things (I always put a date on sketches now). Finally, I came across a "memory" drawing that I did of me and my Mom sitting together when I was very young. I sketched it immediately after my Mom died in 2004. In the sketch she's holding my report card. It comforted me to draw it back then and I was glad to see it again today.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Using Photoshop to think things through & starting my studio clean-up
This is a portrait that was done in a life painting session. The model wore a lilac scarf and reminded me of Kirsten Dunst. I revisited her today (the painting, not Dunst)....and she is still quite a crappy painting, but I puttered around making improvements here and there. (Sometimes that seems a valuable exercise..to paint over something that went wrong just to see what helps and what doesn't). When I put her into Photoshop I saw that one side of her face was substantially too wide. Why didn't I see that when I painted her a year ago and why didn't I see it when she was on the easel today? Well, it is easy to make measurement errors when you are working from life and it's a good thing to change your perspective (like look at things upside down or in a mirror). When I saw the painting in Photoshop it had that changed perspective effect. As I shaved her face down (in Photoshop) she looked improved right away. (The "too wide face" is on the left and the correction is on the right). I seldom use Photoshop in this way...but it helped to confirm my suspicions after I saw the problem and now I have put it into my memory bank to avoid the error in the future.