Sunday, July 30, 2017

THE PROCESS


For me, it starts with a photograph, usually of a person.  I had found a clever little gadget called a PODO which acts like a selfie stick without the stick.  It is a small square lens that can be attached to any surface by a sticky pad on the device.  It connects by blue tooth to your phone.   This allows me to shoot photos at unusual angles and create perspective distortion which I find fun to paint.  I was sitting at a desk at an art exhibit for the day and decided to play with my new "toy".   I stuck the PODO at a low angle on the desk leg and set my phone on the floor in front of me so I could see what the lens was picking up.   Here is one of the photos I took that day.

I straightened the image, cropped the photo and eliminated the background.  

Then, I digitally created a line drawing using Procreate 


This is a painting I wanted to paint over.  I was hoping to save the circle patterns in the background.


I covered the face with turquoise acrylic,  had fun spritzing with water and alcohol and then turned it upside down to disguise the image underneath.


Using my line drawing as a guide, I drew the new image onto the paper and proceeded to establish a value pattern.


Adding color but it is beginning to look too much like a cartoon  but I press on!


Not at all happy at this point. Along with many other problems,  I decided that the hands were too small for the head.   Start over by  covering with gesso and redraw the image.  


I might have over exaggerated the hands this time.  I photographed the painting and then put it into my favorite app where I could overlay my current painting with my digital drawing and save the blend.  Now I have a guide to correct the drawing!


Hands are definitely way off but very impressed with how close I got the face drawing freehand.


Okay, drawing corrected.  I was surprised the original watercolor drawing wouldn't wipe off of the gesso but it will wind up being covered with acrylic anyway, so a distraction but not a problem.


Back to establishing values.


Having fun scumbling color.


In the end I painted out the white pants and put several more thin coats of color on the background.  Only thing left of the original painting is faint circles hinting of what is buried underneath.  









4 comments:

Fernando Pena said...

Hi Myrna,
really interesting the process, a lot to learn from it.

Sonia said...

Great to see your process on this one. Your motto must be "Never give up too early"!

Anne Hightower-Patterson said...

Love your problem solving process!

Janet Werdin said...

Do-over magic!

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