Put a Crown on It !
This is an iPad painting out of my imagination. The fact I had no reference image is a factor in making this a candidate for a Failure Friday post. To be clear that is not because using a reference image would in any way have limited my imagination. On the contrary I think a reference image would have helped me create a similar painting but by a less circuitous route. I am never in a hurry when I am creating something but I find Ican get lost and do a lot of wandering about in the artful woods if I don't at least have some idea of the ultimate look I want to create. For example am I interested in creating a male of a female, a face or a figure? Will it be realistic or more abstracted?
I mean really.... imagine if this had been on paper! I would have had to start over at least 16 times! Or maybe she just would have had to wear a headress for a head or been stuck being a man in a broken fedora! Well anyway my iPad has a way of turning failures into valuable lessons with great comedy value!
So let's review the lesson. A reference image provides a framework and a guide. If I can't (and I never can) remember how to make a nose look three dimensional then the reference image gives me the opportunity to practice seeing the lights and darks and shapes that make up the nose rather than my mind trying to feed me some vague idea of what a nose is supposed to look like. Instead I am looking right at the real thing! duh :) Additionally using a reference will save me bushels of time! I can gain confidence simply from seeing that my drawing has relative accuracy. I have more fun as well because I like working on all the details and mark making rather than being so busy undoing or erasing!
Just for the record I am aware it is Saturday today an not Friday. It makes no difference though because this is still a Failure Friday post :) I'm really enjoying this visual blogging style even though words are one of my favorite art forms! If you want to learn more from me go to my classes page and see where I am teaching .
I'd love to hear what it is you gain from working from imagination as well as what you learn from using references.