Re: Using Projectors
Some people think that if you're not driving a stick shift, you're not really driving.
My father insisted I learn to drive using a stick shift. I was terrible at it. It destroyed my confidence and I didn't get my license for several years.
I finally got my license when I threw out my father's "expert advice" - as well as his framing of what is "really knowing how to drive" - and started using an automatic transmission car for my driving lessons.
I got my license 3 months after I started doing that. Because I needed to get somewhere, not to fulfill one person's ideal of what makes a "real driver." (Yes, I want to learn stick someday so I can steal someone's Maserati to drive a pregnant lady to the hospital, and feel sexy doing it. It's a good skill to have.)
As for projectors, I could never use them - seems like too much trouble. I do often use grids (actually, just grid points) especially for areas of a painting that really require realistic proportion (faces, etc). There are enough bad portraits in the world and I am happy to admit my current drawing limitations to anyone who asks. However, as I have gone along, I have relied on drawing via grid less and less and tend to just use them to make sure the "bone structure" of the composition is precise (diagonals and the like). The rest of the composition is sketched and/or painted freehand from a reference. But I see this as a step along the way to learning to paint from life.
As for stock photos... I could never bring myself to use them now. I take all my own reference photos. If it's not something I myself have taken, I don't want to use it; I need to have been in the place or presence of the subject to have any emotional feeling about what I want to paint about it.
Last edited by Flopka : 06-14-2009 at 11:00 PM.