Lesson 2: Planning and Technique

Welcome to the ultimate lesson of the Portray the Panorama workshop.

Within the final lesson, I confirmed you ways my portray turned out. I’ll title it, Maleny, White, Purple, and Blue Flowers. Now it’s time to mirror on my work.

Dan Scott, Maleny, White, Purple, and Blue Flowers, 2022
Dan Scott, Maleny, White, Purple, and Blue Flowers, 2022

Every time I end a portray, I briefly mirror on the way it turned out, what went effectively, and what I may enhance for subsequent time. I do that in my head, however for demonstration functions, I’ll doc my ideas in a extra structured format.

My self-reflection course of entails three questions:

Am I proud of the portray? This can be a high-level query that summarizes my common ideas concerning the portray. The reply is often a simple “sure”, “no”, or “it’s OK”.

What went effectively? I think about what I significantly like concerning the portray or issues that I did effectively throughout the portray course of. This would possibly embrace good use of method, fixing a tough downside, fixing a mistake, or conveying the topic in a artistic method.

What could possibly be improved? Even my greatest work have elements that could possibly be improved. Few folks may say in any other case, except your title occurs to be Joaquín Sorolla or Diego Velázquez. The problem is appropriately figuring out these weak elements. When you’re new to portray, you’ll battle with this. You would possibly know one thing is unsuitable with the portray however be unable to slender down on the true problem. Nevertheless it’s vital to strive. Begin with broad classes. Does the problem relate to worth, composition, edge, form, coloration, drawing, and many others? Then slender it down from there.

For this course of to be efficient, you will need to take away any sense of ego. That is no time to be smug or humble. Simply say it as it’s. Be goal. When you’re scuffling with this, fake your portray was carried out by one other artist and take your self out of the equation.

Additionally, watch out about evaluating your self to others. I principally mirror on my work in relation to my earlier work. I’m not seeking to create the very best portray on this planet; I simply need this portray to be a bit higher than the final.

I solely use comparability as a approach to visualize what I’m aiming for in portray. My favourite artists symbolize the higher echelon of portray. They present me what’s potential and so they give me one thing to shoot for. I’ll by no means be a part of them or surpass them, however that’s OK. The enjoyment is in making an attempt and enhancing.

Anyway, the next is my self-reflection.

Am I Glad With the Portray?

Sure. It appears to be like recent and painterly, but sensible. And most significantly, it jogs my memory of that overcast day in Maleny with my household.

What Went Properly?

  • The brushwork and colours I used for the sloping land are spot on.
  • The impasto brushwork and damaged coloration I used for the function plant draw focus to the world and create the phantasm of element and exercise.
  • The timber within the background seem sensible with out drawing an excessive amount of consideration. Not straightforward to do!

What Might Be Improved?

  • The sky could possibly be a contact lighter. I additionally may have used extra variance by way of coloration. The sky was a chance to make use of refined shifts in temperature and worth to create curiosity and depth.
  • The intricate branches on the high are a bit sloppy. I ought to have used a finer brush and been extra delicate with my method.
  • I reworked the function plant and foreground an excessive amount of. Transforming often means I’m uncertain of my subsequent steps and I’m making an attempt to guess my method by way of the portray. The much less remodeling I do, the higher.

Train (Non-obligatory):

Mirror in your work. Are you proud of the portray? What went effectively? What could possibly be improved?

Thanks a lot for becoming a member of me on this workshop! Hope you realized one thing new. I’ll ship you an electronic mail tomorrow to wrap issues up.

Let me know your ideas within the remark part under. And if you find yourself portray from my reference picture, ship us a photograph to [email protected]. I’d like to see the way it seems.


Dan Scott

Draw Paint Academy

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