I often take photos of my artwork at various stages of its development. I use it as a teaching tool on this blog, but I also find that it’s handy for myself in that it gives me a greater appreciation of everything contained within each artwork.
If things don’t work out, I can look back and see where I went wrong. There are times when I ‘over-work’ a painting, and a review of my photos will tell me where I should have ‘stopped’. Fortunately this doesn’t happen too often.
We are now at Hervey Bay until January 16, and I haven’t done any drawing for a couple of weeks. I do however, hope to put pencil to paper (or board) soon, as I’m starting to get a little agitated at not being in my studio.
The secret when photographing your work in its various stages of development is to take lots of shots. In today’s featured drawing there are only 3, I should have taken at least 8, but at the time I simply forgot. I must have been well and truly in the ‘creative zone’!
Photo 1: Block out the main features and draw in the background.
Photo 2: Draw and detail the subject.
Photo 3: Detail the foreground and add the finishing touches.
Next year I intend to take a lot more photos of my artwork as each piece ‘grows’.