Figure from Photo

I’m still trying to find a good replacement for not having a model for my nightly paintings. So tonight I spent well over an hour trying to find a good photo online. Finding photos with good lighting is very difficult, photos destroy most details in light and shadow anyway.

So I liked this photo but I really disliked painting from it. Almost instantly I felt more illustrative, and the painting reflects this. Its flat and very linear. Its not super bad for only 30 minutes of work, but now I know that painting from photo is not the way to go. Not only does it do most of the work for you by turning a 3 dimentional image into 2 dimentional but any details in the shadows are almost completely lost, as well as very subtle transitions in color and value that really turn the form.

The Setup

The Subject

No reference here to the photo of the subject

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