Saturday, January 2, 2010

"After the Flood"

~4.5" x 10". gouache.

The second image is the color study.

I had a small bit of board that I drew onto with pencil, then scanned digitally to sort out the colors and lighting situation in Photoshop; color studies are a good habit to get into before starting on finishes.

You can see that it's flipped horizontally. I'll flip images while still in process to check for errors.

Using a mirror does the same trick, if you hold your picture up to a mirror as you are working on it from time to time, errors in composition or proportion will jump out at you. Your eyes get used to seeing something a certain way and you can become blind to mistakes that are obvious when reversed.


Errant Knave said...

Quite aside from liking the image, that's an interesting way to catch errors. I'm going to use that ASAP on my drawings. Thanks for sharing.

Caro said...

I love this.

Leonard Dente said...

Nice one Chris. How's your new year going?