Lesson 2: Planning and Technique

Welcome to the ultimate lesson of the Portray the Panorama workshop.

Within the final lesson, I confirmed you ways my portray turned out. I’ll title it, Maleny, White, Purple, and Blue Flowers. Now it’s time to mirror on my work.

Dan Scott, Maleny, White, Purple, and Blue Flowers, 2022
Dan Scott, Maleny, White, Purple, and Blue Flowers, 2022

At any time when I end a portray, I briefly mirror on the way it turned out, what went nicely, and what I might enhance for subsequent time. I do that in my head, however for demonstration functions, I’ll doc my ideas in a extra structured format.

My self-reflection course of entails three questions:

Am I proud of the portray? This can be a high-level query that summarizes my common ideas in regards to the portray. The reply is usually a simple “sure”, “no”, or “it’s OK”.

What went nicely? I take into account what I notably like in regards to the portray or issues that I did nicely throughout the portray course of. This would possibly embrace good use of method, fixing a tough downside, fixing a mistake, or conveying the topic in a inventive manner.

What might be improved? Even my finest work have features that might be improved. Few folks might say in any other case, until your title occurs to be Joaquín Sorolla or Diego Velázquez. The problem is appropriately figuring out these weak features. When you’re new to portray, you’ll battle with this. You would possibly know one thing is flawed with the portray however be unable to slim down on the actual problem. Nevertheless it’s vital to strive. Begin with broad classes. Does the difficulty relate to worth, composition, edge, form, coloration, drawing, and so on? Then slim it down from there.

For this course of to be efficient, you need to take away any sense of ego. That is no time to be conceited or humble. Simply say it as it’s. Be goal. When you’re combating this, fake your portray was performed by one other artist and take your self out of the equation.

Additionally, watch out about evaluating your self to others. I largely mirror on my work in relation to my earlier work. I’m not trying to create one of the best portray on the earth; I simply need this portray to be a bit higher than the final.

I solely use comparability as a approach to visualize what I’m aiming for in portray. My favourite artists characterize the higher echelon of portray. They present me what’s potential and so they give me one thing to shoot for. I could by no means be part of them or surpass them, however that’s OK. The enjoyment is in making an attempt and enhancing.

Anyway, the next is my self-reflection.

Am I Glad With the Portray?

Sure. It seems recent and painterly, but life like. And most significantly, it jogs my memory of that overcast day in Maleny with my household.

What Went Effectively?

  • The brushwork and colours I used for the sloping land are spot on.
  • The impasto brushwork and damaged coloration I used for the characteristic plant draw focus to the realm and create the phantasm of element and exercise.
  • The timber within the background seem life like with out drawing an excessive amount of consideration. Not simple to do!

What Might Be Improved?

  • The sky might be a contact lighter. I additionally might have used extra variance by way of coloration. The sky was a possibility to make use of delicate shifts in temperature and worth to create curiosity and depth.
  • The intricate branches on the high are a bit sloppy. I ought to have used a finer brush and been extra delicate with my method.
  • I reworked the characteristic plant and foreground an excessive amount of. Transforming normally means I’m uncertain of my subsequent steps and I’m making an attempt to guess my manner via the portray. The much less remodeling I do, the higher.

Train (Non-obligatory):

Mirror in your work. Are you proud of the portray? What went nicely? What might be improved?

Thanks a lot for becoming a member of me on this workshop! Hope you discovered one thing new. I’ll ship you an electronic mail tomorrow to wrap issues up.

Let me know your ideas within the remark part under. And if you find yourself portray from my reference picture, ship us a photograph to [email protected]. I’d like to see the way it seems.


Dan Scott

Draw Paint Academy

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