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 pictures.

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 have got an unfair benefit in that you simply bought to expertise and see the topic in life. A photograph can not seize this and it’s these particulars which might make your work distinctive, private, and devoted to the topic.

It additionally offers you management over the complete course of. That is necessary. While you paint from one among my reference pictures, you might be adopting my concepts and imaginative and prescient by way of composition and topic choice. However my concepts and imaginative and prescient won’t play nicely together with your concepts, your imaginative and prescient, and the way you paint.

There’s additionally one thing particular about taking management over the complete course of and understanding that you simply did every little thing from topic choice during to signing the completed portray. I’ve executed 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 pictures. It’s handy, significantly for observe. However on the subject of creating one thing you may really stand behind and name your personal, I at all times suggest you’re taking management of the method and discover your personal topics to color. It could be simpler than you suppose.

Glad portray!

Dan Scott