Day 18 of 31 Days of Art:
Drawing on Pictures of Your Work

Remember Tomato Boy?   I need to change some things on this painting. Instead of slogging away for hours with paint, at this point I print off some smaller scaled copies of the painting and play around with pencils on top of the printed copies.

Taking pictures of your work in process is important.  You will see things that you didn't see while painting. For one thing, the shape of his mask is off.  In the thumbnail prints above, I see that if I make his shirt black he will look too much like a priest, and that is just a weird image to contemplate - Masked Tomato Man Priest.  NO.   So I think I will keep his shirt white or  paint it another color and then make the mask black or another color.   Or make his shirt a color and keep the mask white.   Or change both to colors.  Time to print off a bunch and pull out my colored pencils while I wait for one of my sons at the dentist.

Abstract Painting Update:  I printed off pictures of this as well.  Using a plain old pencil, I experimented with darkening some areas.  

Sometimes I write notes to myself on these in process thumbnails of paintings.  If I hate it I can easily toss the idea.   And I haven't wasted hours and hours and gallons of paint trying an idea out.   Pssst.  You can do this with home interiors as well.  It's great fun.  Take a picture of a room you want to change and color on it with crayons.  I did that with exterior pictures of my house before we had it sided in red vinyl siding. 


JDConwell said...

What about a print/pattern for TB's shirt or mask instead of a solid color? Stripes, dots, whatever.

Dixie Redmond said...

Yes, I was thinking something like that. But he's heading a bit too close to cutesville. But with tomato people it's hard not to be cute ;-)

"Do not let what you cannot do
keep you from doing what you can do."

John Wooden