Thursday, June 23, 2011
Starting a new Painting - Bonnie this Time
So I searched the internet for carpet patterns and quickly found on that I liked. But how to place that complex pattern correctly under her?
My solution was to print out a photo of the carpet pattern from the internet. I then laid it on the counter at an angle that I thought was the same as the angle I was looking down at Bonnie from when I took her photo. I took a photo of the carpet photo in that position, then printed it out. I now had the photo below, showing how the carpet would look on the floor viewed from an angle. I put a grid over the photo - sizing the grid to get the approximate scale I wanted - then just drew it in around the cat that I had already drawn. A good trick, I think.
I need to discipline myself for the next step - a step that I most often skip but that I think will be expecially important for the painting - the value sketch. Tomorrow's task.