I have been working on this double portrait of a couple riding a motorbike along a coast road in Greece. My reference is their vacation photo. The portrait was nearing completion, but the photo shows more details of the helmets and straps, as well as the motorbike's antenna. I couldn't decide whether or not to add those details. So I used Painter on my computerto create a digital "dress rehearsal" and draw in some of those details with the computer. I did the computer drawing over a jpeg of the portrait. Here is the result. I wasn't looking at the photo at the time, so there are some mistakes in placement, but even so, this little exercise helped me. I decided to I would suggest those details but without being too specific. (I am not going for photorealism after all!) I don't want those details to be more specific than the rest of the painting.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
I am still finishing up the portrait I have been working on, a painting of a couple on vacation in Greece. My reference is a vacation photo that shows them on a motorbike on a coast road, and wearing helmets and sunglasses. (See March 16 post for the latest look at it.) I am putting in some background, based on what I can see of the background by zooming in on the photo on my desktop computer, as well as by looking closely at the reflections of the background in the sunglasses. I am trying to capture the background within limited space, it's like making miniature landscape paintings. Yesterday's post was a closeup of the background on the right. Tonight I am posting a closeup of the background on the left.
Monday, March 20, 2017
I am working on a double portrait of a couple on vacation in Greece, riding a motorbike along a coast road, and wearing helmets and sunglasses. (See March 16 for the latest look at it.) This a closeup of the background on the right, based on zooming in on the photo and also drawing from the reflections in the sunglasses. I am still working on the portrait, and hoping to finish it this week.
Sunday, March 19, 2017
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Friday, March 17, 2017
It's March 17th and everyone is Irish today! So here are some digital shamrocks that I drew on my new Procreate program for the iPad. I am still learning how everything works, but it feels very natural to draw with a stylus. Procreate captures a video as you draw, and with any luck, I will post that here tomorrow.
Thursday, March 16, 2017
I worked on this painting again this morning. This is a double portrait of a couple on vacation in Greece. I am working from their vacation photo that shows them riding a motorbike along a coast road, wearing helmets and sunglasses. Today I started by lightening the helmet, and then spent the rest of the time on the background, suggesting the horizon on the left, and on the right foliage and a seawall and a bit of ocean in the distance. Here I am using information that is reflected in the sunglasses as well as what I could see when I enlarged the original photo on the computer screen. I am trying to suggest the sense of the place, the strong sunlight, the ocean, the adventure and happiness of the ride.