I've been wanting to show some of my process and my beginning sketches are fairly rough. Sometimes I will make several sketches in sketchbooks and on the computer. At this point I just want to get my ideas down so I don't loose them.
Then I will scan the image (at 300 dpi, although at this rough state it doesn't really matter) and start thinking about color, value, and composition a little more. I want to add more detail but I need to get things sorted out first.
I do a lot of thinking, observing and sketching, studying image of houses, wheelchairs, anything I might want to include in the image. I look at images online, in art history books, anywhere. I have found that I can look at many different images combining parts and create something unique.
Then I use those sketches to create the more refined image.
Working in painter or Photoshop, I will build the image up from a loose rough painting to a more complete image. I've been meaning to do value studies on the computer with my work, I think it could help speed up my process. With this image I converted the early image to grey in Photoshop to check the values I had created. It was pretty interesting and made me feel more secure with the color choices I was making.
As you can see I made lots of changes to the image from the initial sketch. The spacing of the figures in the original sketch didn't quite work logically so I opened it up to show the girl fleeing the scene more clearly. I created this image in Painter 2015 using as few layers as possible, flattening as I went. I think working in just one or two layers at a time, keeps the process similar to traditional painting.
|copyright 2015 Teresa Wiles|