This picture shows a piece at the very early stages of my painting process with only one layer of color overall. It was blocked in very easily for one important reason, I spent more time in the process stage.
Process is important!
After the photo-shoot, I began manipulating my images digitally in Photoshop (top left and the enlargement on the right). This gave me a rough sense of the feel and the composition that I wanted, but it was very cluttered and disconnected.
I drew a simplified contour drawing to scale. I took a picture of my drawing and printed several thumbnail sized images to work on. Using charcoal and a chalk pencil, I was able to group shapes and create a more interesting composition.
Again, I printed my drawing. This time, I worked 8.5" x 11" to create a more nuanced value study based off of the thumbnails.
I printed my drawing one final time. Using soft pastel I created a color study that took color information from the Photoshop study, but followed the simplified shapes and values of the charcoal study.
One last thing before painting. I printed small images that serve as artistic inspiration for this piece. They are masterful paintings that make me want to become a better artist (top left to right: Jeremy Mann, Michael Dudash, Odilon Redon).
Blocking in the first layer of color flowed easily because I already had a clear image of what I intended. The next step is work over the entire painting while trying to capture some of the brushwork and color from my inspiration pieces. It is going to be fun!
Oil on Panel
18" x 24"
artist Lisa Larrabee