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Painting a Picture from a Tricky Reference Photo

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Difficulty working from poor reference photos in artwork1Brenda has sent me her painting of a friend’s dog that she has been asked to paint.

Brenda points out that it is a very poor photo and as the dog has died there is no chance of better photos. As you know I do not recommend that you try to paint from a bad photo as you can never do the portrait justice.

Brenda has done the best that she can but is unsure if she should continue and perhaps add a background.

My suggestion is that she spends no more time on the image as I can’t see how this could be improved but I would add a background using greys with a little colour in it perhaps adding 169. This would greatly improve the presentation and I am sure Brenda’s friend will love it.

By | 2018-03-15T15:13:14+00:00 February 8th, 2016|Animal Tips, Tips & Techniques|0 Comments