Tuesday, January 31, 2017

My Prelim Process

Detail crop of a recent painting.

I used to do detailed drawings and transfer them to the painting surface. But pretty sure that skipping that step has given my work a freshness it would lose with all the re-drawing and transferring.

Now I do preliminary composition sketches. Here's the one I chose for the painting above. I get carried away with the details and values sometimes, but I find working up the sketches to be relaxing and fun!

Here's an example of one for a different painting. I like to use red pencil first. I've found using red--instead of a graphite pencil--frees me up a bit for some reason.

This is a sketch page of some prelims for Sir Baffle and the Dragon...
...and here is the finished acrylic painting.
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  1. Thanks for sharing your process, Tom!

    1. You're welcome Kathleen--hope it was somehow helpful :)

  2. Always fascinating to see your process. Huzzah ~ !

    1. Thanks Erik--very pleased to know you enjoyed reading it!


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