Thursday, January 28, 2010

Importance of drawing to painting

This is a work in progress of Tiffany at the Sewing Machine. It is a 36" X 48" oil on canvas. Due to my zeal to finish the piece completely with the model, I rushed through the drawing and the underpainting, making the actual painting substantially more difficult. I spent more time correcting the drawing errors, thus negating all my intentions. It is critical to take the time in the beginning to make sure that everything is in order before you continue. Taking the right steps at the right time relieves much of the tension and anxiety to painting. I managed to save the piece and recover its direction, but it will now take me longer and it still did will not be right.

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