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Sunday, September 21, 2008

Reference Photo Hints a la Maggie

You probably know that "our" Maggie Stiefvater is now a famous author and pulling back somewhat from her painting and drawing. She is offering up some helpful hints on Sundays so as not to abandon us, the faithful followers. Today's post is about using photo software to help you use a photo reference in painting.

I often use her ideas and should use the check for value by changing the image to black and white more often. You can immediately see the areas that need work. You can see in this painting a good variety of values. This painting is a mid value painting with touches of highlights and dark values.

San Miguel Church
Colored Pencil, 8 x 10 inches

Try taking snapshots of your WIPs (Work in Progress) and looking at them in black and white to see how the painting is coming along. You may be surprised. Take a look at this post about value on my painting, Pears on Red, for a little more insight.

2 comments:

fishing guy said...

Jo: You artist have tricks to get better. I guess I can only relate that to fishing and getting better at catching.

Jo Castillo said...

fishing guy, Heh, heh. You seem to be getting pretty good with your photography, too. Any tricks there?

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I Grew up in a small town , Magdalena, New Mexico. I enjoy art and the pleasure other people get from my work. I always donate some of my sales and art to charities, especially for children. That started in Bolivia with Para los NiƱos. (Link on sidebar) "I cannot pretend to feel impartial about colors. I rejoice with the brilliant ones and am genuinely sorry for the poor browns." -- Winston Churchill