Friday, April 11, 2008
What NOT TO DO (?) and Help!
Here's some dirty laundry. I was commissioned to do the grandson of the manager of one of the art supply stores here in Sacramento. I took about twelve photos of the cute little tike. Most of them were outside with some very nice shadowing on his face. Then I took a few in my studio bathroom. The bathroom has a frosted window facing the sun. In the afternoon, anyone posing for me is hit with wonderful soft light casting soft shadows (see my February post of the watercolor portrait I did of Stacy, my ex-rep and a comely lass, indeed). But with the grandson (his name is Ian), the photos were in the late morning before the sun came around to face the window square on. The light was flat and diffused. But...I included this photo for the client to see, and his wife loved it, and everyone was on the same page as far as his angelic expression was concerned. So...that was my reference photo. The painting captures his look, and the client absolutly loves the painting. Done deal, sold American. Problem is...boring!!!! Can any of you very talented fellow artists out there give me a clue as to how I could have painted Ian in flat light but with some panache?