Tuesday, November 18, 2008
I'm calling this portrait done, but have a craving for colour again so I may try my hand at this portrait again or something similar in watercolour or CP on some colourfix paper.
I often wonder what makes me decide that the drawing or painting is completed. Is it when all the information that I see in a reference is replicated as best I can do on paper? Is it when a likeness is achieved through modelling?
There is a point where you can overwork a drawing or painting and turn it into sludge. So when or how do you decide when the last pencil or brush stroke is the final?
For me its a combination of these factors and some intuitive knowledge that its time to stop. Then I put it aside for a few days, not even looking at it, before I take a second assessment. If something catches my eye, I'll adjust it then, spray and its final.
What's your stop point?