Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The Fishwife

I've been doodling the idea for a new painting over the last few days and think I've more or less got what I want. You'll need to click on the image to see a better view of it.  Now I need to enlarge it, then decide what the medium will be.

Creating a new piece from a variety of sources, reference images, life and imagination test ability and creativity.  I'm not a graphic designer or illustrator and envy their ability to come up with what seems like endless ideas for images.  Mine take blood, sweat and tears from start to finish usually. 

Elements may change as the piece transfers and as it is painted, but the concept will remain the same.
Now on to the painful part - enlarging.  I like the process of creating, but sometimes want to speed up the boring parts!


Billie Crain said...

This has all the makings of a fantastic piece. I can hardly wait to see it completed!

Lisa Le Quelenec said...

This is looking very interesting - great concept. I know what you mean about the 'boring part' to enlarge drawings I've made, I make larger prints from scans or photocopies and traced/redrawn them onto layout paper. Usually areas change quite a lot as the change of scale demands more or less detail but it becomes part of the process and speeds things up for me. I'd be interested to know what process you use.

Jeanette said...

Thanks Billie,I hope it will work out well. Still deciding what size I want it to be.

You're right Lisa, the enlarging becomes part of the process and puts its own mark on it and things often do change, mostly for the better.

To enlarge, depending on the size, I usually use a projector to put my original drawing up on the wall then transfer the main lines. I add the rest in by hand/eye because the projector sometimes distorts images a bit.

Gridding makes me insane and takes forever, so I rarely use that method of enlarging.

For detailed images such as this, they rarely come to me as an idea that I put directly on a canvas or paper and nearly always end up having to be transferred to another surface.

RH Carpenter said...

Ooooo, I like this! I can't wait to see it larger and in color - and good luck with the boring parts of it (enlarging, copying, etc.). I know you'll take your time, adjust as needed, and come up with something amazing. Very creative, too, might I add!

Phil Davis said...

Really looking forward to seeing the finished image.

Lisa Le Quelenec said...

Hi Jeanette, thank you for sharing your method, I was curious. I know what you mean about the gridding method - I always think life is way too short to be doing that ;o)