Ok it’s time to admit that I feel like I’m cheating here.
For a while now I have been cheating a bit on the drawing. I mark out a grid on my canvas and create a grid over the photo in Photoshop. I don’t trace the image onto my canvas but what I do is pretty close to it.
In my defense I do this for speed and accuracy. I know I could be improving my drawing skill so much more if I would just sit here for a week and draw out everything without any of these crutches but honestly I want to get to the painting as fast as I can. Because I know that will take the longest and it it what I struggle with most.
I’m not sure if this process is helping or hurting my growth as an artist but when i look at great paintings I think that even if they were traced from a photo I still would consider them great paintings.
Anyway, today’s session was all about getting the initial drawing setup. This is still going to take several session to finish as I want the drawing to be spot on before I add any paint to the canvas.
I feel like this could be one of my better paintings this year, I just need to take my time with it, keep motivation, keep focused and keep moving forward on it.