Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Mix and Match
Rarely is a reference photo good enough to paint without making some changes, big or small.
Sometimes I just move a tree, other times I do much more.
The painting above is the result of the combining of two photos: picture A had a great pose and Picture B had wonderful light and a beautiful setting. The hard part was to change the light on the figure in A in order to fit him into his new surroundings. Luckily, he was wearing the same shirt in both photos, so I could see what setting B did to the colours and extrapolate onto the fabric folds from A.
Confused yet? I sure was.
In all, this was a challenge, but also a pleasure. I've wanted to do something with both of these images for a couple of years, but didn't feel competent enough to pull it off. This painting shows me that my skills have grown. That's always a nice feeling.