It’s Simpler to Paint From Your Personal Reference Images

Somebody emailed in saying they hope my Portray the Panorama workshop will give them the arrogance to take and paint from their very own reference photographs.

The factor is, portray from your personal reference photograph is simpler and more practical than portray from one taken by me or anybody else.

While you paint from your personal reference photograph, you may have an unfair benefit in that you just acquired to expertise and see the topic in life. A photograph can not seize this and it’s these particulars which may make your work distinctive, private, and devoted to the topic.

It additionally offers you management over the whole course of. That is essential. While you paint from considered one of my reference photographs, you might be adopting my concepts and imaginative and prescient when it comes to composition and topic choice. However my concepts and imaginative and prescient may not play effectively along with your concepts, your imaginative and prescient, and the way you paint.

There’s additionally one thing particular about taking management over the whole course of and realizing that you just did all the pieces from topic choice all over to signing the completed portray. I’ve accomplished some good drawings primarily based on grasp artworks, however I can not stand proud as if they’re fully my very own. My proudest works are these the place I’ve skilled one thing particular in life and translated these emotions onto the canvas. That’s what artwork is all about actually.

Having stated all this, there’s nothing mistaken with portray from reference photographs. It’s handy, notably for apply. However on the subject of creating one thing you possibly can actually stand behind and name your personal, I at all times suggest you are taking management of the method and discover your personal topics to color. It may be simpler than you assume.

Glad portray!

Dan Scott