Monday, 18 October 2010

painting composition process- so far

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 In Phil's lesson on friday he suggested that I made some thumbnail sketches of how I would like the composition of my painting to be. the top set of thumbnails are some examples drawn by Phil as a guide.
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I then drew some more at home and liked the larger new pose I wanted to scan it in and do some editing in photoshop.
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 I opened a new layer and started to sketch out some changes in red.
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 I then hid the initial layer to see just the red progress.
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 Changing back and forth the visibility of the original layer to keep the basic idea.
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 I was trying to draw a sense of depth by using a table and the hand and feet coming towards the viewer.
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 I decided this way wasn't working for me so I opened a new layer and re-drew part of the image.
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 Here the head was too low and wasn't showing the neck at all so I re-drew this also.
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Here the head is tilting slightly and the shoulders and fat are giving the impression of one side lifting (the arm reaching). 
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 I refined these points a bit more then started re-drawing the other leg back in.
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 I added hair in a new layer to give it some features.
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 Here I noticed the toes on this foot were shorter than the other so I marked in some new position indicators.
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 Then I drew them to the markers.
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 I copied and pasted all of these layers into a new page.
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 Then these layers had to be positioned on the page.
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 When I had decided on the final position I selected all of the layers, then merged them so I could erase all of the messy sketch lines.
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 I wanted to see what this drawing would look like on a black background so I filled a new layer with black and arranged it behind everything. Here it shows white patches. This is from the original photoshop sketch-out where I painted over some lines in white instead of using the eraser so it wouldn't show the lines in the layer below.
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 These white patches are now erased. The ones inside the drawing don't need to be removed.
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 I then removed the black layer to continue editing.
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Here the image has been made into black and white so I can work into it differently.  
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I tried out adding some loose shadow. 
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And some more. 
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Then adding some tone into the metamorphosis. 
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and some more. 
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then some white highlights to remove some of the sketchy lines. 
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And here I took a screen capture of it on a black background to sum up the progress of this post. 
There will be more to come soon. 


  1. I love how comprehensive this 'unpacking' is, Nat - great :-)

  2. I found this to be a great method when I tried it for my College final. you can have a look at a 170 page photo documentation of my self portrait inspired by dali if you like? hahahahaha