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 boldness to take and paint from their very own reference images.

The factor is, portray from your individual reference picture is less complicated and simpler than portray from one taken by me or anybody else.

If you paint from your individual reference picture, you’ve got 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 trustworthy to the topic.

It additionally provides you management over all the course of. That is necessary. If you paint from one in all my reference images, 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 nicely along with your concepts, your imaginative and prescient, and the way you paint.

There’s additionally one thing particular about taking management over all the course of and understanding that you just did every little thing from topic choice throughout to signing the completed portray. I’ve finished some good drawings based mostly 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 improper with portray from reference images. It’s handy, notably for apply. However with regards to creating one thing you may actually stand behind and name your individual, I at all times advocate you’re taking management of the method and discover your individual topics to color. It is likely to be simpler than you assume.

Glad portray!

Dan Scott