Thursday, March 19, 2009

Dapper Dan Pencil Study

Why even do a pencil study? Why not just draw it onto the watercolor paper and get to the paint? Because I believe that would skip a crucial step, which is thinking through the image in a visual way. Going through the motions of drawing and shading this picture, even doing it mindlessly, is like doing warm up exercises and stretches to prepare for the main atheletic event (painting). Skip it, and you'll be that much less prepared for what you'll face in the painting process.

Another key point is that this is the stage at which I consider those pesky issues of value and edges. These must be addressed during the painting at some point, and better earlier than later. The more I can nail down ahead of time, the more "free" I can be in actually applying paint.

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