I decided that my next painting is going to be of this picture:
Although, it doesn’t seem to be the general favorite, I love this photo. The lighting is so unusual, and I love the expression on my nephew’s face. This painting is going to be called “The Entourage.”
This morning I did a few quick sketches from the photo. One of the reasons that I like to sketch is because it helps me to better understand the image. As you can see in some of these photos, I’ve been having some trouble getting my nephew’s face right. The first is a five-minute sketch that I did, and the second is a 10-15 minute sketch.
Each time I draw him, I can pick out what is wrong in the drawing and what needs to change. The idea is that when I finally get around to drawing him on the canvas, I’ll know in advance what my weakness is in drawing this particular image. Think of it in terms of a city fortifying its walls in preparation for an upcoming attack…only much less dramatic.
Sketching this morning was especially difficult, because my heart wasn’t in it. I am so ready to start painting, but I don’t want to skip this step because I believe that it is important…like eating your vegetables before dessert!