The Harsh Truth of a Photo

I mentioned it a few days ago, and it is very true now. Making daily posts about the progress of my work really helps me to see the errors of each session.

There is an interesting phenomenon with art that is hard to explain. Once you have spent a long time with a visual work it is hard to distance yourself from it and see it again with “new eyes”. Basically, I think it’s like your home, or someone you love. After spending some time with them you begin to not see the flaws any longer.

We move fairly often and on one such occasion we were going through the apartment we had lived in for a couple years making sure we got everything. I noticed the horse shoe above the door only at the very end. It had been there for so long that it was as normal as molding around the doors or kitchen cabinets. We had gotten to a point where it was part of our normal background. Invisible in plain sight.

This is the same with painting and drawing. The longer you spend with a work the harder it is to see those flaws that have just become, normal. Luckily, we are in a digital age and the camera can break through the fog of familiarity and show you the truth.

So, today as I do this post I notice several areas of this painting that I need to go over and fix.

  • The width of the head is too small, I need to extend the back of the head further
  • Drawing error with the bottom, I’ve extended it too far.
  • Sharp edge on shadow of the left clavicle
  • Muddy torso/back on left
  • Edge of underwear too sharp
  • Edge of triceps on left arm too sharp
  • Edge on shadow side of right leg too sharp against background

Of course I’m just looking at the areas that I’ve finished so far here.

The Harsh Truth of a Photo
The Harsh Truth of a Photo
The Harsh Truth of a Photo, setup

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