View Full Version : Photo Paint-Along for December 2013

12-03-2013, 07:57 AM
Here are a few photos to play with in any medium. Please add some more, as long as we don't have to deal with copyright.

These are from our library:



Merethe T



Have fun :cool:

12-03-2013, 09:35 PM
Nice photos! As usual, here are some of my own:




Will perhaps post some more in due course, if we burn through the existing ones too fast. :-)

12-03-2013, 10:02 PM
Thanks for posting these Janet and Brian.

Brian , what a luscious succulent photo…yummy color, the fur on the "pooch" looks like it would be fun to draw.

Hope I can contribute a piece of work using these

01-02-2014, 08:12 AM
A quick sketch. Can't say I like it much, but I am exploring a new approach to drawing. Or, perhaps, rediscovering an old one. Either way, it's going to take some practice.

Ballpoint pen and coloured pencil on scrap printer paper. The colours in the original are more vivid than on my digital photo.


01-02-2014, 08:09 PM
this is simple and primitive looking…..very relaxing to view……

01-05-2014, 08:58 AM
An interpretation of the dancing Native American guy. It was kind of tricky because the photo is blurry with movement in places, and one cannot quite see all the detail, so some of it I just made up. :-)

As with my previous sketch, I am rediscovering my more linear, post-impressionist sort of style.


01-06-2014, 02:53 PM
Really good line work on this dancing guy, Brian, :cool:

01-06-2014, 08:04 PM
Brian, the first one has great poise and the dancer has great headdress and head and upper body details.

01-07-2014, 12:03 AM
Thanks for the kind comments. I am going through one of my manias for line drawing again. But I find that with very complex subjects, I get hopelessly lost in all the detail - I could never in a hundred years reproduce every single one of the little frills and feathers on the dancer's costume. So the challenge becomes to try to get the overall impression right, while greatly simplifying all the bewildering detail.

In this sense, I find it to still be an interesting creative challenge. As I have said before, I think my hero in this regard is Hergé, creator of the Tintin comics. He developed a minutely detailed style, that often gives the impression that he drew every single item in a scene, all with a neat, even outline:



He in fact greatly simplifies his scenes, but is very good at maintaining the precise right balance between including too much detail and too little. I also find it interesting that he breaks all the rules, such as "don't outline everything with a line of even thickness" and "don't fill in shapes with a completely flat, even panel of tone."

But he is in good company. Some years ago I discovered the work of the Japanese artist Hiroshi Yoshida, and I often wonder whether he plagiarized Hergé or whether it went the other way round (in fact, I think they worked quite independently, though Hergé's influence from Asian artists is clear):


And then of course, many post-impressionists followed a similar procedure, e.g. Paul Ranson:


Well, I'm sure they could all draw perfectly good standard realism. Me, I have never been able to master realistic drawing, so post-impressionism is my default style. :D

01-07-2014, 08:17 AM
I look forward to seeing you putting color to the dancer and perhaps even background. Herge has a great style.

01-07-2014, 12:20 PM
I look forward to seeing you putting color to the dancer and perhaps even background. Herge has a great style.

Well, I first want to re-acquaint myself with this style through making lots of little sketches. I will eventually get to colour, I hope. :-)

01-10-2014, 07:49 AM

I wonder if the outlines are part of a cartoonist style, which Herge was. I remember Tin-Tin, and looking at the drawing style and facial expressions. As for rules, look at all the artists that broke them.


01-29-2014, 08:15 AM
Charcoal on printer paper. I couldn't quite decide whether I wanted a realistic or a more modernist look, so now it is somewhat tentatively in between. :-)


01-29-2014, 09:54 AM
Good one, Brian. The glass bottle is extremely well done with a flair of its own!

01-31-2014, 08:41 AM
And another one. I tend to be terrified of complex subjects, but decided to take on that fearsome refreshment stand. As usual, full of gross errors of proportion, but it turned out to be fun to draw. Now that I simply no longer care about all the errors, I'm having much more fun. :-)


02-01-2014, 01:10 AM
That is a wonderful scene Brian. Very interesting because so full of details. I think a loose drawing style gives lots of life to a drawing.

02-01-2014, 05:01 AM
Well, I have tried my utmost to draw in a more tight style, but without any success: the more care I try to take with a drawing the worse it tends to look. :-)

Anyway, I look forward to the next photo paint-along...

02-01-2014, 08:14 AM
Brian, the proportions don't seem to matter. The feeling is of movement and people enjoying a holiday. Really like this one.

02-01-2014, 09:06 AM
Brian, the proportions don't seem to matter. The feeling is of movement and people enjoying a holiday. Really like this one.

Well, I had good fun drawing it too. I can;t get the proportions right anyway, whether I take great care or not, so I might as well let go and have some fun. :-)