Thursday, June 12, 2008

sketching plein air and then playing in Photoshop

I scanned the plein air sketch on the right below into the computer and then desaturated it and manipulated it a little (above) - and now I'm working on a large charcoal sketch based on it. It was quite windy and the tall grasses were bending and I want to get the feel of this into the bigger drawing.

I do like charcoal :>) so I'm looking forward to working on this.

I sketched again near where I did the cowparsley and fields of rapeseed (the 2 left hand pages) - the fields are no longer yellow, the flowers are almost gone now and the cow parsley is starting to go to seed (right hand page). Things change so quickly.



4 comments:

harrybell said...

This reminds me of the method I used when I first started to paint. I didn't have the opportunity to spend much time outside drawing, so I'd take a photograph and produce a black & white photocopy on the office copier. Then I'd do a charcoal drawing from the copy. The final oil painting was made using the photograph, the photocopy and the drawing to varying degrees.

vivien said...

it's a very good way of freeing up and getting away from the tightness of the photograph if you are working from one isn't it? :>)

derek jones said...

vivien - this looks really dynamic and interesting

vivien said...

thanks Derek :>)