USING REFERENCE PHOTOS FROM THE NET.
Most photos that I like have copyright issues so I cannot paint from them. Only FAIR USE is allowed. This means that I have to switch the image around so that I paint something that is nothing like the original.
How do I do that?
I change HUES. I change the composition. Through the use of a computer, I change it around so much that the image bears no resemblance to the original.
I first turn the image into b/w. I study the VALUE structure. Then I change the HUES. I change the shapes & placement & contours of the mountain range, the trees, even the flowers & sky.
When I paint this image I shall post it. Maybe, the end result is successful, maybe it isn’t. We’ll see.
Fortunately, I have a graphic designer working for me because I’m not that savvy on my own.
I’ve been busy with a lot of things, lately, especially with trying to master COLOUR THEORY. Questions from some of you led me to write these ART BLOGS. I also wanted to see whether I had understood elements of the COLOUR THEORY, myself.
In fact, I haven’t produced a single piece of artwork since October, 2021. This has been a huge gap in my work. But, I want to grow as an artist & since I have never had teachers or mentors, I have had to teach myself.
Having dabbled in all media, I find I’ve fallen in love with soft pastels & landscapes as the subject matter. This is the area I would like to explore further. The best thing about soft pastels is that you can use acrylics, watercolours, inks & soft pastels, themselves, as underpaintings. This way, my rather large collection of the same will not go to waste.
Soft pastels are hugely expensive & there aren’t too many artists in India using this medium so I wish to give them a real try.
Let’s wait & see whether I can pull it off! I have already done around 70 artworks but I need to do at least 10 times more.
Wish me luck!