Thursday, July 15, 2010
The birth of an art piece
I have ideas for a new piece going around in my head and I like to work out those ideas as studies and little thumbnails, as what's in my head and what comes out on paper usually needs a lot of adjustment.
It usually starts with sketches like the first shown and little notes doodled on any paper that is handy. It then translates to tracing paper, then to the final form that it will take, whether enlarged, reduced, watercolour, oil, etc.
I rather like a little online drawing tool called Harmony. Its so handy to quickly sketch out ideas using a mouse which is what I've done here. I did this in colour then resaved it as a jpeg file then emailed it to myself, as I'd done this at lunchtime. However, the file mysteriously changed colour and went very black. I'm not sure why. So I redid it and have something similar here.
It can and will change a lot between the initial concept and the final piece. Some people don't like to work out composition or values or colour and just jump right into a piece. I guess I'm methodical in some ways by wanting and needing to know my path and what I will take with me on the way. I like making my mistakes early and learning from them. Preferably not on an expensive sheet of paper!