A very, very happy Tuesday morning to the world. I love this time of day. Of course getting out of bed at 4am is not fun, but once I am up there is something so peaceful about the very early morning. I feel like I am alone with the world. We had lots of gorgeous rain over the weekend - I even managed to go for a walk in it. Which I love. Everything smells so beautiful (there is a word for that gorgeous smell, petrichor, I find that exciting, which is probably sad, but oooh! The smell of rain!). Anyway, we are back to our usual sunshine and I have begun a new project, but I really wanted to share with you some lessons I have learned. After my last post, I was going to stop and call it a day. But I can't, can I? So I decided to go back and have one more attempt. Now I am not sure how much difference you can see, but I am a lot happier with him. So there is one lesson. Don't give up! If you are not happy keep layering.
The second lesson of course, is to pick your reference photo wisely and don't be swayed by a nice pair of eyes! Really look at those photos, if there are bits that you can't make out, are you going to be able to make up the detail? Are there blurry parts that won't look good when converted to pencil? Are there bits in the photo that you are not sure what they are? Because if you are not sure what you are seeing in a photo, you definitely won't have a clue when you come to draw it? Worse still are there bits of a photo that look a bit odd? I drew some cute ducklings once, I loved them, but on the photo one little duckling appeared to have a really big foot because of the reflection of the water. Now I looked at that photo and that foot and thought it looked odd. So why did I copy the reference photo exactly? Because I thought I should! And I ended up with a drawing of a duckling with a giant foot! Now you might look at a photo and try to work it out and accept it. But you look at a piece of art and wonder why the artist didn't notice the monstrous foot? So big lesson learned there. If it looks odd in the photo - DON'T DRAW IT!
The last thing I have learned from this picture is that sometimes things look better from a distance. This picture whilst not being my favourite close up has turned out to be my favourite picture when put on a wall. It looks gorgeous. Unfortunately, I can't demonstrate that for you via a screen. I am looking at him now with his nice black mat surrounding him and he looks so good. And of course, from a distance is how we normally view a picture. So as with many things in life, instead of stepping in too close and viewing all the tiny imperfections, we need to stand back and see the whole picture.
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