an answer to a recent question via email:
Question: "May I ask you...how do you transfer your images from cell phone to canvas? Pencil sketch? Grid? Projection?"
Answer: No projections, EVER.
With my earlier paintings, i used the grid method and pencil to get the main shapes in the right spot, and making sure it all fit in the composition, then i would begin color blocking from there.
Now, i begin a painting without using the grid or pencil drawing, i use a loose initial sketch-in using Burnt Sienna. I make sure it all fits in the composition before moving on to color. Sometimes i can get very detailed before the color stage, with lots of measuring using my brush, and sometimes it's a simple outline to make sure of where the focal area and main interest will be.
I have included a before and after to give you an idea of how detailed the initial sketch can be, as well as the finished result:
|Before: Initial Burnt Sienna Sketch-In|
|After: Finished painting|
"In The Alley Behind April Flowers"
oil on board
12 x 24
I switched from using the grid because of the looseness and freedom this sketch-in process using Burnt Sienna provides, gives one the feeling of discovery as opposed to sticking to the confines and accuracy of the grid.
Though i do work from photographs for some of my paintings, and i know i'm not the only one, no matter what other artists say, it is not a matter of simply copying the picture, be it from a cell phone or whatever, the photo is used for reference purposes. A field study, or ink/pencil sketch can be used in the same way, for me and the subjects i am interested in, a picture is more than necessary since such moments last a fraction of a second, and though not impossible to capture without a camera, i find it very helpful in my process. Perhaps one day i'll be able to not use my reference photos, but for the time being, i'll keep using them.
I hope this answered your question.