Monday, November 20, 2006

Bridesmaid

Since it's about time I start doing some photo studies to better my sense of colour and whatnot in general, here's one of my younger sister at my wedding. It's based on one of my favorite pictures of her... the original snapped by the amazing Leanna Bates. Most likely I'm doing neither the photo or how pretty my sister looks in it justice, but it was a good exercise. To remove the temptation of eye-dropping the colours, I put the photo album beside my computer... rather than pull up the digital photo :)

I'll hopefully do more of these quick studies in the future.

24 comments:

Leonardo Finocchi said...

Nice picture! And good way to study, I think I´ll copy that way to practice a little.

Maleficium said...

I really dig the way you drew her face. That nose is awesome! lol I always do that....there is always some weird thing I like the most and in this pic, the nose wins. hahaha

Anonymous said...

I'm myself trying to do some photos'studies, and that's real that colors are really one of the most difficult part in that exercice, but you just do it perfectly ! I'm eager to see the next ones.


Narmo, the french teen hedgehog.

mike said...

wow sarah! beutiful!

i like leanna's work too. :)

colin said...

Funny you should say that you practice with photos to improve your sense of color. Because I don't have a lot of opportunity to paint or draw from life I often use photos, but I find the paintings I do come out more flat than I would like. Most of the advice I've heard has been to avoid using photos for practice if possible. (Still, photos sure are hella convenient.)

sarah said...

Thanks guys!

You know Colin, definitely painting and drawing from life is a definitely the best thing an aspiring artist can do. But I wouldn't discourage people studying photos either when trying to become a better illustrative painter (and by that I mean painting things from the imagination). Photos are just another wonderful place to gather interesting visual information that will help make imagined paintings look more life-like :)

stephen said...

Fantastic! Love your take on the photo. :)

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BGOZ said...

Great lighting and colors. It's so easy to put a more vivid color, and destroy the subtlety.

:)=

Vanhoozerbot said...

I find this CRAZY beautiful!
Interesting to see this style from you.
And you really shine with the colors here.

Once again, great job.

Jeremy

Tony C. said...

Very cool,Sarah! I think you captured your sis very well.

Cots said...

Wow! The likeness of your sister is frigging fantstic. Its so easy to get pulled into caricature and I think you avoided the temptation really well. Compositionally it's really strong too, but that could be the photo talking (so I guess a nod to Leanna is in order)
I actually like to use the color picker. I'm just really starting to get into the color stuff too, and it helps me figure out what color is really hiding behind all the false intel my eyes are relaying. I especially like to just test out areas, shadows especially. Try to guess what color it is, then color pick it. Most of the time your eye will be totally lying to you. Like in your picture, the greys on your sister in the shadows are probably a really nice blue or purple or deep brown, instead of just the skin tone to grey gradient. Add some color in the shadows and this will be a home run.

marcobucci said...

Nice study! And great idea to do it from a physical print rather than a digital file. I should try more of these.

S.D. said...

Wow, it's a very interesting artwork! This idea to study from a "real" photo is quite unusual these days. I confess I think it's a difficult exercise! Great job :)

Matthew Russell said...

Yeah for Sarah. You know I've loved your work forever but you really out did yourself this time. You nailed something in the eyes, some genuine soul in there. Bravo!!!

Andrew Glazebrook said...

Lovely work !

chickenshootdeanna said...

This is beautiful! And your sister is beautiful! She has a great long body and neck and neat curves. Her pose and placement in the picture are perfect too.

Wait, I was supposed to be paying attention to the colors!

pascal said...

that's so nice
so much story in this

Roc said...

Gorgeous!. . .i love the sahape of her body. . .nice work!

-Roc

sarah said...

Man, my sister better not see all these nice comments or it's going to go to her head :)

Anonymous said...

i think you did a great job with your study in color! Thanks for sharing how you went about doing it. I'll have to give that a try myself!

laura said...

aww. I feel so flattered. starring in a sarah mensinga original. imagine.

Anonymous said...

great colour technique!!!!
i have been looking at it for long time and i just can say that i hope i could apply the colour like that one day.....
i must keep on practising!!!!
and on....and on....


( º3º)/ love it!

Anonymous said...

Its your cousin Elissa bored at work. Beautiful work, really captures Laura. Thanks for entertaining me at work!