'Cheat' - Like Mad!
a youngster I was always irritated by the fact that my pencil and brush
could never achieve what my imagination saw. Then I discovered I could
trace an outline and fill in the rest - light and shadow and shade. I
was very soon told this was cheating and forcibly discouraged.
will teach you A LOT. Firstly because it's great training for your hand/eye
coordination. Your mind gets used to 'the feel' of a line. Secondly, good
results add great confidence in your own ability, and your freehand work
will improve - and thirdly, we're not all Leonardo DeVinci's!
These images are a composites of original photographs from my own 'reference collection' superimposed on artworks published by professional artists as:
a magazine illustration,
view the paintings
click the images ....
You'll find an Aladin's Cave
And it works the other way too. An artwork can easily be a photographer's inspiration too ...
and where did Sigmund Fraud get his idea for the sketch below on the right?
The one on the left is one I was lucky enough to acquire from my Grandfather's
'bottom drawer', and so will probably be a Victorian 'risqué' image.
This very impressive version seems to be made up of four discreet ladies
rather that one somewhat obvious one.
(For larger version - click either picture)
now you should be feeling a little more relaxed about the simple matter of getting
your edge lines down quickly and accurately
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Here within the pages of Sensual Arts.com you will find hundreds of photographic images selected specifically for their potential as works of art. To take a look for yourself and imagine what you could create: click here
please be mindful of this ...
I'm not advocating that we should all just copy each other's work, there would be no sense in that. But to take an image and SEE something MORE in it ... ADD something to it - That's a different matter. And if tracing an element helps you get it right, then why not? So, bit of advice number three - you got it - Cheat like mad ... but ...
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