Mission Statement

This is a blog in which I intend to reach my goal to draw/paint a thousand faces! Welcome, and come along for the journey!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Photos, and a Finish

This piece is finished, for better or worse. I realize that by going outside of my usual process, I did not get the skin tones deep enough to my satisfaction. But that's what I would expect from going from black and white, and then jumping ship after the fact and deciding I wanted color. It's a change from the way I normally work. Usually I stay on course with my original ideas.
I have maintained over the years, that for the most part, if you are going to work from a photograph, it ought to be one you take yourself. Suffice to say, I did not take the pic of Jason Lewis that I worked from (but I also know, I would not have had an opportunity to draw him otherwise). The primary reasons you should take your own photo to work from are many. For one thing, you learn more about composition when you are the one behind the camera choosing the light, subject, what will or will not be in the frame, angle, and the list goes on.
Below are several photos where no adjustments have been made. It is better when you are just beginning in photography to concentrate on a complete composition within the frame of the shot, without relying on digital adjustments later in the processing area. It will make a better photographer of you to get in this mindset!
Of course, once you've been at it for a while, you may find you can rescue an otherwise mediocre image by cropping, and other enhancements...
This first one has been enhanced by using a sepia filter, and there was a glare from the flash that was removed.
This next shot was saved by cropping an otherwise boring composition, and focusing on a more limited area of the frame.
And here, this wedding photo was originally too dark, and so the contrast was adjusted. Then the distracting background was eliminated and replaced with a more artistic one...
In closing, whether or not you are an artist working from photos, whether or not you want to be a photographer, you really can take better photos by concentrating on what makes a good composition!
I will post again soon with more faces. Until then, take care!