Archive for February, 2013

Sizing Things Up

February 24, 2013

viewcatcher1

This past week, a student brought up the dilemma we have all faced at one time or another. That is getting our field sketch or preliminary thumbnails in the same proportions as the final painting.

The ViewCatcher is an extremely handy tool to aid us in siting our composition.  I slide the inner panel to align with the premarked canvas sizes on its outer frame. Then looking through the window I can see how the scene will “fit.” Once I decided on a size and view that workes I lay the viewer onto my sketchbook and trace the opening (middle image).

But taking it a step farther using a trick from design school days, I now draw the same picture plane outline with the ViewCatcher but I use an diagonal extension to enlarge my box to a more workable size. I extend a vertical and horizontal pair of lines and anywhere they meet on the diagonal is a proportional picture frame. The dotted lines in the right image above show what I am talking about.

Of course this is all usually done in pencil so I can erase the original box and get to work on my compositional shapes, values and notan. Below you can see an example, but this time I left the original box so you can see how handy it is to work just a bit larger, than to be confined to such a small picture plane.

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Just a Few

February 1, 2013

PicMonkey Collage2some of my 30 in 30 challenge

On Leslie Saeta’s blog today she posted a tip on how to create a collage of images. Using the PicMonkey online collage creator was a snap. I just picked about half of my paintings since I had a variety of sizes and formats for my 30 in 30 challenge. It is a quick and easy way to make a jpg of a number of images. Check it out.