Here’s a tip on using your computer to spot your drawing/painting flaws. I was too lazy to grab my camera and take photos of two recent drawings that i did and used the webcam and Photo Booth instead. What i got was the images reversed and what I saw was a whole bunch of flaws glaring back at me 😀 This is another tool that I will use to spot mistakes in future. I’ve put a the two examples side by side for you to see. The first in each set is how you would view it and the second the mirror image.
Didn’t want to go around holding paintings in front of my laptop webcam and googled only to be reminded that flipping images is easy on a mac 😛 Use Preview and use the Flip Horizontal command under the Tools Menu and off you go. The two below are of a portrait that was started recently.
I prefer using photographs for my work as they capture moments and locales which are not easy to replicate in a studio setting or using a model. I do believe it to be very important to learn to draw from Life but would not like to limit myself to just that for my paintings. Take the examples above. If I were to do my self portraits only for life (top right) I would scare the pants of everybody! I find the second one has a more reasonable expression.
Would love to hear how you feel about it. Do leave me a comment if you have a moment.
Self Portrait : charcoal from life, pen & ink from photo ref