more recently in my artwork i have been trying to follow a process for development of finely tuned, composed works of art. It has involved assessment of not only the composition of the subject (doing sketching for placement and initial vision of shapes and line) , but also a focus on tone, lightest lights and darkest darks in the work. I used to do this all very haphazardly, and it has been very rewarding to see my artistic development since incorporating pre-creative sketch work into my process.
a talented photographer on instagram was kind enough to allow me permission to recreate his work as an oil painting. i took great pains to assess it through multiple sketches before putting it onto the canvas. it was truly a great process for me to follow, as throughout putting down the colour, i could refer back to my tonal sketch to bring in the lightest lights and the darkest darks in all the right places. making a map for your artwork is turning out to be an essential skill. it requires intent, and patience and the results are encouraging.
what process do you follow before you get into the nitty gritty for rendering work? You are welcome to share your ideas and inspirations.